a deliberative body of persons, usually elective, who are empowered to make, change, or repeal the laws of a country or state; the branch of government having the power to make laws, as distinguished from the executive and judicial branches of government.

1670–80; legislat(or) + -ure

sublegislature, noun
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legislature (ˈlɛdʒɪsˌleɪtʃə)
executive Compare judiciary a body of persons vested with power to make, amend, and repeal laws

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Word Origin & History

1670s, ult. from L. legis lator "a proposer of a law" (see legislator).
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Example sentences
Today, it is the working chambers of the city's small, partially elected
The legislature, which meets only every other year, takes its cues from the
  independently elected lieutenant governor.
They cannot be laughed away, nor always successfully stormed at, nor easily
  abolished by act of legislature.
And yet our legislature continues to up the mandate.
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