from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or relating to the enactment of laws.
  • adj. Resulting from or decided by legislation.
  • adj. Having the power to create laws; intended to legislate.
  • adj. Of or relating to a legislature.
  • n. The legislative body of a government; a legislature.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Making, or having the power to make, a law or laws; lawmaking; - distinguished from executive: as, a legislative act, a legislative body.
  • n. That branch of government which is responsible for making, or having the power to make, a law or laws.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Making, or having the power to make, a law or laws; lawmaking; -- distinguished from executive.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to the making of laws; suitable to legislation

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to or resulting from legislation; ordained by a legislator or a legislature; having statutory force or quality: as, legislative proceedings; a legislative prohibition.
  • Having power to legislate; enacting or uttering laws; lawmaking: as, a legislative body; legislative authority.
  • Of or belonging to a legislature; relating to or consisting of a body of legislators: as, a legislative committee; a legislative vote; a legislative recess.
  • n. A person, as a prince or dictator, or a body of persons, as a parliamentary assembly, invested with authority to make or alter laws. Compare executive.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. relating to a legislature or composed of members of a legislature
  • adj. of or relating to or created by legislation


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