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legislature

[lej-is-ley-cher] /ˈlɛdʒ ɪsˌleɪ tʃər/
noun
1.
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
1670-1680
1670-80; legislat(or) + -ure
Related forms
sublegislature, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for sublegislature

legislature

/ˈlɛdʒɪsˌleɪtʃə/
noun
1.
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 sublegislature

legislature

n.

1670s; see legislator + -ure.

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