- 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 of legislature
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Examples from the Web for legislature
Two years ago in Michigan, she oversaw AFP operations to help the Republican-controlled legislature pass sweeping anti-union laws.The Next Phase of the Koch Brothers’ War on Unions
Carl Deal and Tia Lessin
December 22, 2014
I think he would have been happy with a Democratic legislature.Could This Be the First Pro-Choice Republican on a National Ticket?
November 20, 2014
The politics look potentially most amenable in Pennsylvania, and even there a GOP legislature has to go along.
Nearly 900,000 with subsidized insurance, but a GOP governor and very GOP legislature.
But the Republicans control both houses of the legislature and just expanded their majorities.
The Legislature is the watchful guardian over the public purse.
I've heard papa say that there was absolutely no profit in going to the Legislature.Southern Lights and Shadows
The shabbiness of the legislature must answer for it, if criminals remain at large.Henry Dunbar
M. E. Braddon
The consolidation still required the sanction of the legislature.
In their report to the legislature they completely exonerated the company's managers.
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Word Origin and History for legislature
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