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[lej-is-ley-tiv] /ˈlɛdʒ ɪsˌleɪ tɪv/

having the function of making laws:
a legislative body.
of or relating to the enactment of laws:
legislative proceedings; legislative power.
pertaining to a :
a legislative recess.
enacted or ordained by or a :
legislative ruling; legislative remedy.
of or relating to legislation
having the power or function of legislating: a legislative assembly
of or relating to a legislature
(rare) another word for legislature

1640s; from legislator + -ive. Related: Legislatively.


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