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[lej-is-ley-cher] /ˈlɛdʒ ɪsˌleɪ tʃər/
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.
Origin of legislature
1670-80; legislat(or) + -ure
Related forms
sublegislature, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for legislatures
  • So there's a bit of disagreement between some state legislatures and the scientific community.
  • For evolution, the report points out that eight anti-evolution bills were introduced in six state legislatures last year.
  • The far right has learned not to tangle with educated people in the courts or even in state legislatures, by and large.
  • Phil's post is about political actors manipulating state legislatures to try and push a scientific agenda, by fiat.
  • Business-minded legislatures are demanding more education while offering less money to pay for it.
  • In state capitals, governors and legislatures also are embracing the concept that higher education can be an economic driver.
  • We'll have to talk to legislatures after the election, we'll see them in a week or two.
  • Of late, state legislatures and executives have been closing their purses as they struggle to balance tight budgets.
  • Several other state legislatures have taken up similar proposals.
  • Most legislatures have refused to even consider bans on smoking in the home, however.
British Dictionary definitions for legislatures


a body of persons vested with power to make, amend, and repeal laws Compare executive, judiciary
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Word Origin and History for legislatures



1670s; see legislator + -ure.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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