• WordNet 3.6
    • n legislator someone who makes or enacts laws
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: An Athens legislator named Solon passed a law in the 6th century that let fathers sell their fornicating daughters into slavery.
    • n Legislator lĕj"ĭs*lā`tẽr A lawgiver; one who makes laws for a state or community; a member of a legislative body. "The legislators in ancient and heroical times.""Many of the legislators themselves had taken an oath of abjuration of his Majesty's person and family."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In 1931, Charleston, SC was the first city in the United States to pass legislation establishing a historical district. The city has more than 1,000 buildings that predate the Civil War.
    • n legislator A lawgiver; an individual who gives or makes laws; also, a member of a legislature or parliament, or other lawmaking body.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: South Africa is the only country to have three capital cities: one for each branch of its government (Administrative, Legislative, and Judicial).
    • n Legislator one who makes laws: a lawgiver:—fem. Leg′islatress
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  • P. J. O'Rourke
    “When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things to be bought and sold are legislators.”
  • Abraham Lincoln
    “Prohibition goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to control a man's appetite by legislation and makes crimes out of things that are not crimes.”
  • Napoleon Bonaparte
    “Large legislative bodies resolve themselves into coteries, and coteries into jealousies.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “The wise know that foolish legislation is a rope of sand, which perishes in the twisting.”
  • Napoleon Bonaparte
    “Music of all the arts has the most influence on the passions and the legislator should give it the greatest encouragement.”
  • Percy Bysshe Shelley
    “Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. legis lator, prop., a proposer of a law; lex, legis, law + lator, a proposer, bearer, fr. latus, used as p. p. of ferre, to bear: cf. F. législateur,. See Legal, and Tolerate
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. lex, legis, law, ferre, latum, to bear.


In literature:

He was an outstanding legislator and administrator.
"Our Legal Heritage, 5th Ed." by S. A. Reilly
But the illegitimate connections between business and legislation are another matter.
"The New Freedom" by Woodrow Wilson
A Coercion Act, in the second place, should as far as possible be neither a temporary nor an exceptional piece of legislation.
"England's Case Against Home Rule" by Albert Venn Dicey
The Council of State was not a legislative, but an executive, body.
"History of Holland" by George Edmundson
As they also make rules for the school, their duties are partly legislative.
"Elements of Civil Government" by Alexander L. Peterman
But with respect to you, ye legislators, ye civilizers of mankind!
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. I. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
Some of the Legislative Councils, or Upper Chambers, were elective also.
"The Framework of Home Rule" by Erskine Childers
Mr. Grenville thought better of the wisdom and power of human legislation than in truth it deserves.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. II. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
England, in which far worse conditions had existed, had, early in the century, seen the necessity of remedial legislation.
"Women Wage-Earners" by Helen Campbell
The legislative department is that by which the laws of the state are made.
"The Government Class Book" by Andrew W. Young
Do not "declare" it "inoperative," "because superseded by the principles of the legislation of 1850.
"American Eloquence, Volume III. (of 4) Studies In American Political History (1897)" by Various
But, if any legislation could accomplish this, it would not be protective legislation.
"American Eloquence, Volume IV. (of 4) Studies In American Political History (1897)" by Various
In most of the articles in this book which deal with the religious question; special stress is laid upon recent Papal legislation.
"Against Home Rule (1912)" by Various
Measures were set on foot to terminate Secretary Field's tenure of office by legislative enactment.
"Stephen A. Douglas" by Allen Johnson
And yet the Imperial laws gradually yielded to its resistless pressure, and incorporated it in its world-wide legislation.
"The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 6 (of 12) Dresden Edition--Discussions" by Robert G. Ingersoll
So far all the prohibitory legislation on the liquor question has been a failure.
"The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 8 (of 12) Dresden Edition--Interviews" by Robert G. Ingersoll
That such legislative power in Congress extends only to the subject of slavery, and its incidents.
"The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 11 (of 12) Dresden Edition--Miscellany" by Robert G. Ingersoll
And how clever we were with the restrictions of our written constitution with its exact balance of powers, executive, legislative, and judicial.
"Behind the Mirrors" by Clinton W. Gilbert
That it ought to be invested with all the legislative powers belonging to the Congress of the Confederation was conceded by all.
"History of the Origin, Formation, and Adoption of the Constitution of the United States, Vol. 2" by George Ticknor Curtis
Some of these prerogatives were of a Legislative nature.
"The Journal of the Debates in the Convention which Framed the Constitution of the United States" by James Madison

In poetry:

I've seen the trafficker in blood,
With coppels on before,
Drive by, while legislators stood
Discussing on the floor—
"I've Seen" by Benjamin Cutler Clark
Mr. Hilaire Beloc
Is a case for legislation ad hoc.
He seems to think nobody minds
His books being all of different kinds.
"Clerihew – Belloc" by Edmund Clerihew Bentley
But this is not the only post
By Negroes filled, deserving boast:
We have a Judge upon the seat,
And Ministers in foreign lands,
At home, a Governor, to greet,
And Legislators e'en in bands.
"The Triumph Of Liberty" by James Madison Bell
We are right, sir, to defend
Our interests. And the trend
Of present legislation is - fantastic, sir.
That is - er - the only word
To describe it. It's absurd!
And calls for opposition - um - er - drastic, sir!
"The Logic Of Anti-Sosh" by C J Dennis
They may be duds or they may be drones,
Or legislators heaven-sent;
But the A.L.P. for all atones
When it gets them into Parliament.
Tho' they talk sheer drivel once they're there,
Our job is done. Why should we care?
"Consummation " by C J Dennis
Did we prohibit swillin’ tea clean out of common-sense
Or legislate on gossipin’ across a backyard fence?
Did we prohibit bustles—or the hoops when they was here?
The wimin never think of this—they want to stop our beer.
"Here's Luck" by Henry Lawson

In news:

ASSE drafts new legislation for US Congress.
Bako Assemblywoman Proposes Salary Cut For State Legislators.
Given the history of the legislation, Ewing said Terry's television ad is not truthful.
Kenyans angry over legislators awarding themselves $110K bonus at the end of their term.
Under the now-defunct program, legislators received the equivalent of two four-year scholarships each year to award in any way they chose.
Representative Soto has filed legislation to increase rights for homeowners during each of the legislative sessions he has served in office.
Rick Snyder and legislative leaders announced earlier Thursday they would try to rush the legislation to enactment in the session's final days.
As legislators and legislative staff, you are part of the nation's largest, most influential and only bipartisan organization of state legislators and staff.
Campbell says his legislation would create a study committee consisting of legislators , election officials and a representative of Secretary of State Ken Bennett's office.
The US Supreme Court's ruling in the Arizona immigration law case should send a message to Tennessee's legislators that they should stop trying to pass similar legislation.
Each member and legislator was presented with a copy of the West Virginia Association of Retired School Employees legislative goals for 2012-13.
Immigration reform legislation that we had hoped would pass before the 2008 presidential election all but died last month when the Senate voted 46 to 53 against moving the legislation forward.
We keep hearing about state legislators looking to make bath salts illegal in emergency legislation.
The Legislative Scorecard outlines votes and support of legislation that is important to and has an impact on the library community.

In science:

What these variables do is separate respondents whose legislative preferences appear invariant to conditioning with hypothetical executive outcomes (and thus presumed separable from E ) from those who exhibit adjustments (perhaps nonseparable from E ).
Some Quantum-Like Features of Mass Politics in Two-Party Systems
As illustrated in Figure 3, we also randomize question order in blocks: first by institution (executive or legislative), second by conditioning, and finally (within conditional blocks) by identity of partisan control.
Some Quantum-Like Features of Mass Politics in Two-Party Systems
Heckman, James N. and James M. Snyder, Jr (1996). “Linear probability models of the demand for attributes with an empirical application to estimating the preferences of legislators,” RAND Journal of Economics, 28:S142-S189.
Partition Decomposition for Roll Call Data
Inspired by the so called ’Cipolla’s diagram’ , we realized a virtual model of one chamber of a Parliament by characterizing its members through their attitude to promote personal and general interest through legislative proposals.
The beneficial role of random strategies in social and financial systems
In this way we represented individual legislators as points in the two dimensional Cipolla’s diagram, where on the x axis is reported the personal gain and on the y -axis the social gain (considered as the final outcome of trading relations produced by the laws).
The beneficial role of random strategies in social and financial systems
Both the x and y coordinates of each legislator are real numbers included in the interval [−1, 1].
The beneficial role of random strategies in social and financial systems
Planets are far too important to culture to expect that any newly legislated definitions will have much sway.
Planetesimals To Brown Dwarfs: What is a Planet?
All major financial institutions now maintain loss registers to support compliance with the Basel II legislation.
Enterprise Spreadsheet Management: A Necessary Good
An ethics study evaluates the inconsistent world-wide regulations and legislation on the use of human embryos. A feasibility study focuses on a user requirements of any resulting framework.
An e-Infrastructure for Collaborative Research in Human Embryo Development
Moreover, ethical legislation differs over countries, which can in many locations make embryonic tissue unavailable, or even make experiments on human embryonic tissue illegal.
An e-Infrastructure for Collaborative Research in Human Embryo Development
In close collaboration with Policy, Ethics and Life Sciences at Newcastle University, the project has evaluated the status of regulations and legislation on the use of human developmental material and surveys professional standards .
An e-Infrastructure for Collaborative Research in Human Embryo Development
Anonymization also allows businesses to retain detailed information about their customers, while complying with data protection and privacy legislation.
Differentially Private Publication of Sparse Data
To identify the E for which X (E ) is compactly aligned, we legislate out the behaviour which makes Example 5.2 work.
Product systems of graphs and the Toeplitz algebras of higher-rank graphs
We analyzed the distribution of the result of Indonesian 1999 and 2004 legislative election in order to have the statistical properties or any stylized facts.
Power Law Signature in Indonesian Legislative Election 1999-2004
For the experiment, the author used a special database ”The legislation of Russia” which contained all ma jor legislative documents of Russian Federation.
A Search Relevancy Tuning Method Using Expert Results Content Evaluation