Definitions for: Legislature


[n] persons who make or amend or repeal laws



Webster (1913) Definition: Leg"is*la`ture (l[e^]j"[i^]s*l[=a]`t[-u]r; 135),
n. [Cf. F. l['e]gislature.]
The body of persons in a state or kingdom invested with power
to make and repeal laws; a legislative body.

Without the concurrent consent of all three parts of
the legislature, no law is, or can be, made. --Sir M.
Hale.

Note: The legislature of Great Britain consists of the Lords
and Commons, with the king or queen, whose sanction is
necessary to every bill before it becomes a law. The
legislatures of most of the United States consist of
two houses or branches; but the sanction or consent of
the governor is required to give their acts the force
of law, or a concurrence of two thirds of the two
houses after he has refused his sanction and assigned
his objections.


Legislature, n.

Note: The legislatures of some of the more important states
having constitutional government are as follows, the
general name (or a translation of it) of the
legislative body collectively being given under the
heading legislature, or parliament:

Synonyms: general assembly, law-makers, legislative assembly

See Also: assembly, authorities, Congress, diet, government, house, legislative council, parliament, regime, senate, United States Congress

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