legislature
noun Date: 1654 a body of persons having the power to legislate; specifically an organized body having the authority to make laws for a political unit

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  • législature — [ leʒislatyr ] n. f. • 1741; « législation » 1636; de législateur, d apr. l angl. legislature 1 ♦ Rare Le corps législatif d un pays. ⇒ assemblée, parlement. 2 ♦ (1791) Cour. Période durant laquelle une assemblée législative exerce ses pouvoirs.… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • legislature — le‧gis‧la‧ture [ˈledʒsleɪtʆə, lətʆə ǁ ər] noun [countable] LAW an institution that has the power to make or change laws, for example a parliament: • the Iowa state legislature * * * legislature UK US /ˈledʒɪslətʃʊər/ US  / tʃɚ/ noun [C]… …   Financial and business terms

  • Legislature — 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. [1913 Webster] Without the concurrent consent of all three… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • legislature — leg·is·la·ture / le jəs ˌlā chər, ˌchu̇r/ n: a body of persons having the power to legislate; specif: an organized body having the authority to make laws for a political unit (as a nation or state) compare executive, judiciary Merriam Webster’s… …   Law dictionary

  • Legislature — Législature Une législature est le mandat d’un parlement, c est également la durée de ce mandat depuis l installation d une assemblée législative jusqu à l expiration de ses pouvoirs. Listes de législatures Liste des législatures allemandes Liste …   Wikipédia en Français

  • legislature — 1670s; see LEGISLATOR (Cf. legislator) + URE (Cf. ure) …   Etymology dictionary

  • legislature — [n] governmental body, most often elected, that makes laws assembly, body, chamber, congress, council, diet, house, house of representatives, lawmakers, parliament, plenum, senate, voice of the people; concept 299 …   New thesaurus

  • legislature — ► NOUN ▪ the legislative body of a state …   English terms dictionary

  • legislature — [lej′islā΄chər] n. [see LEGISLATOR & URE] a body of persons given the responsibility and power to make laws for a country or state; specif., the lawmaking body of a state, corresponding to the U.S. Congress …   English World dictionary

  • Legislature — A legislature is a type of representative deliberative assembly with the power to create, amend, and change laws. The law created by a legislature is called legislation or statutory law.Legislatures are known by many names, the most common being… …   Wikipedia

  • legislature — n. 1) to convene a legislature 2) to disband, dismiss, dissolve a legislature 3) a bicameral legislature * * * [ ledʒɪsleɪtʃə] dismiss dissolve a legislature a bicameral legislature to convene a legislature to disband …   Combinatory dictionary

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