Definition of legislature in US English:

legislature

noun

  • The legislative body of a country or state.

    ‘the Nevada state legislature passed a law to prohibit dumping of nuclear waste’
    • ‘It is expected that the draft law will be voted on by the legislature at the end of April.’
    • ‘State legislatures are looking at ways to increase state revenues to fill budget deficits.’
    • ‘Congress and state legislatures use such data in making laws governing the nonprofit sector.’
    • ‘Acknowledging the legislature did not mean that every law was considered correct.’
    • ‘That is how the legislature scrutinises the laws the executive intends to pass.’
    • ‘The outcome will resonate through state legislatures all across the country.’
    • ‘Laws passed by legislatures are written in general and often vague language.’
    • ‘State legislatures across the nation are debating whether to set up their own voucher options.’
    • ‘We are, in fact, one of the longest continuously operating national legislatures in the world.’
    • ‘Not only that, but they benefit from affirmative action in legislatures and the bureaucracy.’
    • ‘It is the job of Congress and state legislatures to pass laws of general applicability.’
    • ‘About thirty state legislatures and governors had come out in favor of the League.’
    • ‘The bill passed by the legislature was narrowly tailored to apply only to the one case.’
    • ‘Members of Congress and state legislatures cast thousands of votes on hundreds of bills each year.’
    • ‘Normally, legislatures permit themselves to draw new district lines once a decade.’
    • ‘In most such countries, abortion laws were formulated by legislatures rather than courts.’
    • ‘Laws are passed by legislatures on the basis of necessity, rather than morality.’
    • ‘The workers have threatened to take members of the state legislature to court over the issue.’
    • ‘Now the legislature must pass a statute governing the assembly's exercise of power.’
    • ‘Members of parliament and the state legislatures are selected in democratic elections.’
    local authority, local government, municipal authority, civic authority, legislative body, administration, executive, chamber, assembly, ministry, governing body, government, parliament, senate, congress, diet, cabinet
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Origin

Late 17th century: from legislation, on the pattern of judicature.

Pronunciation

legislature

/ˈlɛdʒəˌsleɪtʃər//ˈlejəˌslāCHər/