[ lej-is-ley-tiv ]
/ ˈlɛdʒ ɪsˌleɪ tɪv /


having the function of making laws: a legislative body.
of or relating to the enactment of laws: legislative proceedings; legislative power.
pertaining to a legislature: a legislative recess.
enacted or ordained by legislation or a legislature: legislative ruling; legislative remedy.


Origin of legislative

First recorded in 1635–45; legislat(ion) + -ive

OTHER WORDS FROM legislative

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British Dictionary definitions for non-legislative

/ (ˈlɛdʒɪslətɪv) /


of or relating to legislation
having the power or function of legislatinga legislative assembly
of or relating to a legislature


rare another word for legislature

Derived forms of legislative

legislatively, adverb
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