leg·is·la·tive /'le-jəs-ˌlā-tiv/ adj
1 a: having the power or performing the function of legislating
b: belonging to the branch of government that is charged with such powers as making laws, levying and collecting taxes, and making financial appropriations compare administrative 2, executive, judicial
2 a: of or relating to a legislature
legislative committees
b: composed of members of a legislature
legislative caucus
c: created or effectuated by a legislature esp. as distinguished from an executive or judicial body
d: designed to assist a legislature or its members
a legislative research agency
3: of, concerned with, or created by legislation
leg·is·la·tive·ly adv

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I adjective congressional, decreeing, enacting, lawgiving, lawmaking, legislating, ordained by legislation, ordaining, prescriptive, statutory associated concepts: legislative enactment II index executive, statutory

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

Holding the power to create laws; pertaining to the creation of laws.
legislative act, legislative branch, legislative history, legislative immunity, legislative power

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

Pertaining to the governmental function of lawmaking or to the process of enacting laws.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.

Pertaining to the governmental function of lawmaking or to the process of enacting laws.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

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