sublegislature

legislature

[lej-is-ley-cher]
noun
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:
1670–80; legislat(or) + -ure

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

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legislature
1670s, ult. from L. legis lator "a proposer of a law" (see legislator).
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