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legislative

[lej-is-ley-tiv] /ˈlɛdʒ ɪsˌleɪ tɪv/
adjective
1.
having the function of making laws:
a legislative body.
2.
of or relating to the enactment of laws:
legislative proceedings; legislative power.
3.
pertaining to a legislature:
a legislative recess.
4.
enacted or ordained by legislation or a legislature:
legislative ruling; legislative remedy.
noun
Origin of legislative
1635-1645
1635-45; legislat(ion) + -ive
Related forms
legislatively, adverb
nonlegislative, adjective
nonlegislatively, adverb
prelegislative, adjective
pseudolegislative, adjective
quasi-legislative, adjective
quasi-legislatively, adverb
semilegislative, adjective
semilegislatively, adverb
unlegislative, adjective
unlegislatively, adverb
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  • Such an Act is not a legislative phenomenon but a psychopathic one.

  • The Constitution is neither a legislative crazy-quilt nor a receptacle of fads.

    'Tis Sixty Years Since Charles Francis Adams
  • The people shall exercise the legislative power through their representatives.

    The Story of Norway Hjalmar H. Boyesen
  • "All the legislative measures in the world will do nothing," said the doctor.

    Fruitfulness Emile Zola
  • But superiority is not rationally endowed with legislative power over others.

    The Philosophy of Spinoza Baruch de Spinoza
British Dictionary definitions for legislative

legislative

/ˈlɛdʒɪslətɪv/
adjective
1.
of or relating to legislation
2.
having the power or function of legislating: a legislative assembly
3.
of or relating to a legislature
noun
4.
(rare) another word for legislature
Derived Forms
legislatively, adverb
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Word Origin and History for legislative
adj.

1640s; from legislator + -ive. Related: Legislatively.

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