Definition of legislative in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈlejəˌslādiv/


1Having the power to make laws: the country’s supreme legislative body
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  • He examines the roles of the judicial and legislative bodies in the U.S. in framing labor markets.
  • We have no charter defining the scope of the powers of the legislative, executive and judicial branches of government.
  • All government bodies, executive, legislative, and judicial are now subordinate to the government.
lawmaking, judicial, juridical, parliamentary, governmental, policy-making
1.1Relating to laws or the making of them: legislative proposals Often contrasted with executive.
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  • If the EU Council adopted the legislative proposal of May 18th, it would do so without democratic legitimacy.
  • MsCoughlan said the next step would be the publication of formal legislative proposals by the Commission.
  • Blogger Ed Foster mulls over legislative and regulatory proposals on the table.
1.2Relating to a legislature: legislative elections
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  • When the pan-blue camp grabbed a victory in the 2004 legislative elections, people were shocked.
  • Similarly, states are free to experiment with such things in their state legislative elections.
  • The legislative election will be held on April 5, and new legislators will assume their posts in October.



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  • Should the citizens of Florida determine that its law should be changed, it should be done legislatively.
  • As we noted a few days ago, the Democrats can't win this legislatively.
  • They serve to impose what could never be legislatively enacted.
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