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