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

Origin of legislative

First recorded in 1635–45; legislat(ion) + -ive
Related formsleg·is·la·tive·ly, adverbnon·leg·is·la·tive, adjectivenon·leg·is·la·tive·ly, adverbpre·leg·is·la·tive, adjectivepseu·do·leg·is·la·tive, adjectivequa·si-leg·is·la·tive, adjectivequa·si-leg·is·la·tive·ly, adverbsem·i·leg·is·la·tive, adjectivesem·i·leg·is·la·tive·ly, adverbun·leg·is·la·tive, adjectiveun·leg·is·la·tive·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for quasi-legislative


  1. of or relating to legislation
  2. having the power or function of legislatinga legislative assembly
  3. of or relating to a legislature
  1. rare another word for legislature
Derived Formslegislatively, adverb
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Word Origin and History for quasi-legislative



1640s; from legislator + -ive. Related: Legislatively.

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