legislature, legislative assembly, legislative body, general assembly, law-makers(noun)
persons who make or amend or repeal laws
A governmental body with the power to make, amend and repeal laws.
A legislative building.
Origin: 1676, from stem of legislator + -ure, cognate with législature
the body of persons in a state or kingdom invested with power to make and repeal laws; a legislative body
Origin: [Cf. F. lgislature.]
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.
The numerical value of Legislature in Chaldean Numerology is: 9
The numerical value of Legislature in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3
Examples of Legislature in a Sentence
Now and then an innocent man is sent to the legislature.
Man is the only animal that laughs and has a state legislature.
We're fighting battles in every state in every legislature this session.
The No. 1 aim must be that the NPD does not get into the state legislature.
Much of what we did over the last eight years is work with the Legislature.
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- legislativa, zákonodárný sborCzech
- gesetzgebende Gewalt, LegislativeGerman
- پارلمان, مجلسPersian
- corps législatifFrench
- בֵּית מְחוֹקְקִיםHebrew
- wetgevende machtDutch
- corp legislativRomanian
- законодательный орган, законодательная властьRussian
- legislatur, lagstiftande församlingSwedish
- законодавча владаUkrainian
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