- 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 legislatures
By 2012, the marriage equality movement had won in courts and legislatures—but not at the ballot box.The Real Story Behind the Fight for Marriage Equality
December 30, 2014
Lawmaking by legislatures is also a one-way ratchet—Legislators get credit for passing laws, not pruning them.Red Tape Is Strangling Good Samaritans
Philip K. Howard
December 27, 2014
Democrats cling to only to handful of redoubts, often districts gerrymandered by Republican legislatures to be majority black.Southern Dems Won’t Rise Again
December 5, 2014
Republican legislatures are looking for any way to stem the tide, and religious exemptions are one way to do that.RFRA Madness: What’s Next for Anti-Democratic ‘Religious Exemptions’
November 16, 2014
There is the fact that in many of these states Democratic legislatures are entrenched, and voters are looking for a counterweight.Return of the Northeastern Republican
November 4, 2014
More formidable than mobs were the actions of the town meetings and legislatures.The Siege of Boston
The Legislatures of many of the States have expressed their judgment on the matter.
Every new privilege granted to women has been by the Legislatures.
Legislatures and conventions may do everything else; they never can do that.
We are asking it to submit a proposition to be voted on by the Legislatures.
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Word Origin and History for legislatures
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