What does Legislature mean?

Definitions for Legislature
ˈlɛdʒ ɪsˌleɪ tʃərLeg·is·la·ture

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. legislature, legislative assembly, legislative body, general assembly, law-makersnoun

    persons who make or amend or repeal laws


  1. legislaturenoun

    A governmental body with the power to make, amend and repeal laws.

  2. legislaturenoun

    A legislative building.

  3. Etymology: 1676, from stem of legislator + -ure, cognate with législature

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Legislaturenoun

    The power that makes laws.

    Etymology: from legislator, Latin.

    Without the concurrent consent of all three parts of the legislature, no law is or can be made. Matthew Hale, Com. Law.

    In the notion of a legislature is implied a power to change, repeal, and suspend laws in being, as well as to make new laws. Joseph Addison, Freeholder, №. 16.

    By the supreme magistrate is properly understood the legislative power; but the word magistrate seeming to denote a single person, and to express the executive power, it came to pass that the obedience due to the legislature was, for want of considering this easy distinction, misapplied to the administration. Jonathan Swift, Sentiments of a Ch. of England Man.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Legislaturenoun

    the body of persons in a state or kingdom invested with power to make and repeal laws; a legislative body

  2. Etymology: [Cf. F. lgislature.]


  1. Legislature

    A legislature is a kind of deliberative assembly with the power to pass, amend, and repeal laws. The law created by a legislature is called legislation or statutory law. In addition to enacting laws, legislatures usually have exclusive authority to raise or lower taxes and adopt the budget and other money bills. Legislatures are known by many names, the most common being parliament and congress, although these terms also have more specific meanings. In parliamentary systems of government, the legislature is formally supreme and appoints a member from its house as the prime minister which acts as the executive. In a presidential system, according to the separation of powers doctrine, the legislature is considered an independent and coequal branch of government along with both the judiciary and the executive. The primary components of a legislature are one or more chambers or houses: assemblies that can debate and vote upon bills. A legislature with only one house is called unicameral. A bicameral legislature possesses two separate chambers, usually described as an upper house and a lower house, which often differ in duties, powers, and the methods used for the selection of members. Much rarer have been tricameral legislatures; the Massachusetts Governor's Council still exists, but the most recent national example existed in the waning years of caucasian-minority rule in South Africa.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz


    From Lat. _lego_, to bring together, and _latro_, to bark or bluster; possibly from _lex_, law, and _latens_, unknown. Hence, a company of men brought together to bluster, or a company of law makers who know nothing about law.

Editors Contribution

  1. legislature

    A type of socialist unity government created and formed by representation from every socialist political party elected to government and a proportionate number of socialist independent politicians elected to government within a country or a form of local, regional, national, european or international unity government united and each represented in the unity government cabinet to work together to create legislation in order of the priority of optimum health, democracy, human rights, right to life, civil rights, ethical, fair, just and moral shared prosperity of all people in the country or area of unity governmental authority, stability, unity government, solidarity, cohesion, animal rights, right to housing, right to education, right to parent, right to free preschool education, right to a standard of living, right to internet access, economic stability, financial stability, equal rights, equal opportunities, employment rights, childrens rights, sustainable development, sustainable development goals, united partnership, multi-party working, community empowerment systems, equal distribution of income, wealth, fairness and justness across society, the country, europe and the world and contribute to the cocreation of global and national peace agreements, peace treaties, the universes truth and a fair, just and transparent system of checks and balances.

    The legislature are united in their efforts to create the world we all choose in our hearts knowing we are all on this earth together and are morally and ethically obliged to work together.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 5, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Legislature in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Legislature in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of Legislature in a Sentence

  1. Greg Ballard:

    I call upon Governor Pence and the Indiana Legislature to fix this law. Either repeal it or pass a law that protects all who live, work and visit Indiana. And do so immediately. Indianapolis will not be defined by this.

  2. Judge Gideon J. Tucker:

    No man’s life, liberty or property are safe while the Legislature is in session.

  3. Omar Terrie:

    It is our sincere hope that GovernorMills and the Maine Legislature will reconsider this legislation next year after they see how it will negatively impact the environment and local businesses and consumers.

  4. Marco Rubio:

    It's one of the things people will look to to see if you're changing your positions when you run for office, i'm proud of my record both here and my time in the state legislature, and I don't anticipate a potential candidacy for anything impacting how I would vote on one issue or another.

  5. Leah Askarinam:

    Gubernatorial candidates can campaign on issues that are state-specific like the states budget and education funding -- and they can cross party lines without facing the same kind of political pressure as The GOP candidates who have to work with a national legislature, weve seen candidates like John Bel Edwards support state policies that limit abortion access, for example, which is a much more difficult stance to take as a Democrat in The GOP.

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  • zákonodárný sbor, legislativaCzech
  • Legislative, gesetzgebende GewaltGerman
  • legislaturaSpanish
  • پارلمان, مجلسPersian
  • lainsäädäntöelinFinnish
  • corps législatifFrench
  • בֵּית מְחוֹקְקִיםHebrew
  • 議会, 立法府Japanese
  • នីតិបញ្ញត្តិKhmer
  • wetgevende machtDutch
  • corp legislativRomanian
  • законодательный орган, законодательная властьRussian
  • lagstiftande församling, legislaturSwedish
  • законодавча владаUkrainian

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    the work of inquiring into something thoroughly and systematically
    • A. investigating
    • B. slip
    • C. endeavor
    • D. downsizing

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