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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of or relating to the enactment of laws.
  • adjective Resulting from or decided by legislation.
  • adjective Having the power to draft and enact laws; intended to legislate.
  • adjective Of or relating to a legislature.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.
  • noun 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

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Examples

  • Oh, * legislative* experience ... but Obama has * more* legislative experience than Hillary ... so, I'm at a loss here ...

    Obama: Reagan Changed Direction Of Country In Way Bill Clinton Didn't

  • Oh, * legislative* experience ... but Obama has * more* legislative experience than Hillary ... so, I'm at a loss here ...

    Election Central | Talking Points Memo | Obama: Reagan Changed Direction Of Country In Way Bill Clinton Didn't

  • Thus the president or the governor is, in a certain sense, the agent and officer of the legislative power of the state, to carry into effect its decisions, and this _legislative_ power has really the control.

    Charles I Makers of History

  • By analogy we can use the term legislative theatre to mean new laws that don't actually improve anything, but merely exist to give the imression that something is being done, or that politicians "care" about a particular issue. ban suicide websites:

    Amused Cynicism

  • By analogy we can use the term legislative theatre to mean new laws that don't actually improve anything, but merely exist to give the imression that something is being done, or that politicians "care" about a particular issue. ban suicide websites:

    Amused Cynicism

  • By analogy we can use the term legislative theatre to mean new laws that don't actually improve anything, but merely exist to give the imression that something is being done, or that politicians "care" about a particular issue. ban suicide websites:

    Amused Cynicism

  • Traditionally, judges look to what they call legislative intent.

    CNN Transcript Jan 11, 2006

  • "This is one of those projects that touch's what we call our legislative mandate: Preserve Protect and Perpetuate as well as provide outdoor recreation activities," Anderson said.

    The Seattle Times

  • Sadly and surprisingly, they were abetted by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, who declared last month that he would accept what he called a "legislative solution" to the status of the wolf in the Rocky Mountains.

    NYT > Home Page

  • Vicki Goode of Boyle County, Ky., had voted for Obama as well, and said she felt disappointed by his first two years in office and by what she characterized as a legislative logjam in Washington.

    SFGate: Top News Stories

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