from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To create or pass laws.
- transitive v. To create or bring about by or as if by legislation.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To pass laws (including the amending or repeal of existing laws).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To make or enact a law or laws.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To act upon or effect by means of legislation; determine by enactment: as, to legislate a man out of office (as by abolishing the office or changing its tenure); to legislate a corporation into existence.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. make laws, bills, etc. or bring into effect by legislation
Funny that these misinformed rightie tighties think that 'conservative judges use the constitution and liberal judges legislate from the bench.'
Conservative judges don't legislate from the bench.
Sotomayor must follow the rule of law in this land that was provided by others before her ....... it is not her right or her job to legislate from the bench.
He did his best to legislate from the bench and we'll be living with his poorly thought out opinions for the rest of our lives.
Not one of the GOPer fundies who comes into this commentary section to yammer about the bible, etc., will admit to the hypocrisy involved in their previous comments saying that Sotomayor will want to legislate from the bench and won't want to apply the law as written, etc.
Maybe this woman is the right candidate, but I, for one, am in no way convinced that she will not attempt to legislate from the bench, as of yet.
Questions surrounding Judge Sonia Sotomayor's past speeches generated more controversy in the final day of her Supreme Court confirmation hearings Thursday, as Democrats again called her a mainstream jurist and Republicans portrayed her as a liberal activist likely to legislate from the bench.
The fact is judges frequently legislate from the bench whether they are liberal or conservative.
And as the most activist Court in American history continues to legislate from the bench, Congress needs to act to protect its right to make the laws of the land from the rogue Bush/Roberts Court.
The fact of the matter is, she wants to legislate from the bench.