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Dictionary Definition

legislative adj
1 relating to a legislature or composed of members of a legislature; "legislative council"
2 of or relating to or created by legislation; "legislative proposal"

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  1. Making, or having the power to make, a law or laws; lawmaking; - distinguished from executive: as, a legislative act, a legislative body.
    Although enormously influential in shaping the laws of the land, The House of Lords are not actually a legislative body.
    The legislative framework provides much opportunity for correction and amendment of poorly thought out bills.


Making or having the power to make laws



  1. Plural of legislativo

Extensive Definition

'' A Legislature is a type of representative deliberative assembly with the power to create, amend and ratify laws. The law created by a legislature is called legislation or statutory law.
Legislatures are known by many names, the most common being parliament and congress, although these terms also have more specific meanings. The main job of the legislature is to make and amend laws. In parliamentary systems of government, the legislature is formally supreme and appoints the executive. In presidential systems of government, the legislature is considered a power branch which is equal to, and independent of, the executive. In addition to enacting laws, legislatures usually have exclusive authority to raise taxes and adopt the budget and other money bills.
The primary components of a legislature are one or more chambers or houses'': assemblies that debate and vote upon bills. A legislature with only one house is called unicameral. A bicameral legislature possesses two separate chambers, usually described as an upper house and a lower house, which often differ in duties, powers, and the methods used for the selection of members. Much rarer have been tricameral legislatures; the most recent existed in the waning years of white-minority rule in South Africa.
In most parliamentary systems, the lower house is the more powerful house while the upper house is merely a chamber of advice or review.
However, in presidential systems, the powers of the two houses are often similar or equal. In federations it is typical for the upper house to represent the component states; the same applies to the supranational legislature of the European Union. For this purpose the upper house may either contain the delegates of state governments, as is the case in the European Union and in Germany and was the case in the United States before 1913, or be elected according to a formula that grants equal representation to states with smaller populations, as is the case in Australia and the modern United States.

Lists of titles of legislatures



legislative in Arabic: هيئة تشريعية
legislative in Min Nan: Li̍p-hoat
legislative in Belarusian: Заканадаўчая ўлада
legislative in Belarusian (Tarashkevitsa): Заканадаўчая ўлада
legislative in Catalan: Poder legislatiu
legislative in Danish: Lovgivende magt
legislative in German: Legislative
legislative in Estonian: Seadusandlik võim
legislative in Spanish: Poder legislativo
legislative in Esperanto: Leĝdona povo
legislative in French: Pouvoir législatif
legislative in Indonesian: Legislatif
legislative in Icelandic: Löggjafarvald
legislative in Italian: Potere legislativo
legislative in Hebrew: פרלמנט
legislative in Luxembourgish: Legislativ
legislative in Lithuanian: Įstatymų leidžiamoji valdžia
legislative in Macedonian: Законодавна власт
legislative in Malay (macrolanguage): Legislatif
legislative in Dutch: Wetgevende macht
legislative in Japanese: 立法府
legislative in Norwegian: Politisk forsamling
legislative in Norwegian Nynorsk: Lovgjevande forsamling
legislative in Polish: Władza ustawodawcza
legislative in Portuguese: Poder legislativo
legislative in Russian: Законодательная власть
legislative in Bulgarian: Законодателна власт
legislative in Simple English: Legislature
legislative in Slovenian: zakonodajna oblast
legislative in Serbian: Законодавна власт
legislative in Swedish: Lagstiftande makt
legislative in Thai: อำนาจนิติบัญญัติ
legislative in Tagalog: Tagapagbatas
legislative in Turkish: Yasama organı
legislative in Vietnamese: Lập pháp
legislative in Chinese: 立法部門

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