• WordNet 3.6
    • n legislature persons who make or amend or repeal laws
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1832 Abraham Lincoln ran for the Illinois legislature, and lost.
    • n Legislature The body of persons in a state or kingdom invested with power to make and repeal laws; a legislative body.☞ The legislature of Great Britain consists of the Lords and Commons, with the king or queen, whose sanction is necessary to every bill before it becomes a law. The legislatures of most of the United States consist of two houses or branches; but the sanction or consent of the governor is required to give their acts the force of law, or a concurrence of two thirds of the two houses after he has refused his sanction and assigned his objections. "Without the concurrent consent of all three parts of the legislature , no law is, or can be, made."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: It was proposed in the Rhode Island legislature in the 1970s that there be a $2 tax on every act of sexual intercourse.
    • n legislature A body of lawmakers; an assemblage of men invested with the power of making, repealing, or changing the laws of a country or state, and of raising and appropriating its revenues. A legislature generally consists of two houses or separate bodies acting concurrently, and usually requires the assent of the supreme executive authority for the validation of its acts, the refusal of which, however, may in the United States be overcome by a prescribed majority of votes. (See veto.) Legislatures have different specific names, as the Congress of the United States and the Legislatures of most of the separate States (the former consisting of a Senate and House of Representatives, and the two houses of the latter being generally also termed Senate and House of Representatives or Assembly), the Parliament of Great Britain (divided into the House of Lords and the House of Commons), the Reichstag of Germany, the Cortes of Spain, etc. See house, n., 6.
    • n legislature Any body of persons authorized to make laws or rules for the community represented by them: as, the General Assembly is the legislature of the Presbyterian Church.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Mississippi Legislature passed one of the first laws in 1839 to protect the property rights of married women.
    • Legislature the body of men in a state who have the power of making laws
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  • George Jean Nathan
    “To speak of morals in art is to speak of legislature in sex. Art is the sex of the imagination.”
  • Kin Hubbard
    “Now and then an innocent man is sent to the legislature.”
  • Saying
    “No mans life, liberty or property are safe while the Legislature is in session.”
  • Mark Twain
    “I think I can say, and say with pride, that we have some legislatures that bring higher prices than any in the world.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. législature,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. lex, legis, law, ferre, latum, to bear.


In literature:

Grenville declared it treason to crown and legislature to abandon that right.
"Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 4 of 8" by Various
In July, the Brazilian Legislature declared Dom Pedro II., then still under age, Emperor of Brazil.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson
A Provincial Bank is established here with a capital of L30,000, and increased by an Act of the Legislature in 1825 to L50,000.
"First History of New Brunswick" by Peter Fisher
In 1765 he was elected to the State Legislature, or House of Burgesses, as it was then called.
"Southern Literature From 1579-1895" by Louise Manly
In 1812, it was covered with a dense forest, when it was selected by the legislature for the permanent seat of government.
"A New Guide for Emigrants to the West" by J. M. Peck
In all the states save Georgia they were appointed either by the governor or by the legislature.
"The Critical Period of American History" by John Fiske
The legislature thought it well to follow his advice.
"The Adventures of Daniel Boone: the Kentucky rifleman" by Uncle Philip
The supreme legislature of the church of England might appear to be parliament.
"The English Utilitarians, Volume I." by Leslie Stephen
This last winter a Mr. Cruikshanks applied to our Legislature to have his name changed.
"History of Woman Suffrage, Volume I"
In the agitation upon the same measure in the Legislatures of several other States.
"History of Woman Suffrage, Volume II"

In poetry:

Over our heads truth and nature—-
Still our life's zigzags and dodges,
Ins and outs, weaving a new legislature—-
God's gold just shining its last where that lodges,
Palled beneath man's usurpature.
"Master Hugues Of Saxe-Gotha" by Robert Browning
and winding streets reminiscent of the Old World
......................... and yet Mexicans prattle
in the Legislature
as culpably as if this were not New Mexico,
Land of blue mountains and wind.
"Apostrophe" by Norman MacLeod

In news:

You could probably come up with some decent arguments against the legislation passed by the Virginia legislature, which would require women to receive ultrasounds before undergoing an abortion.
And now, the legislature has expanded PSEO to include 10th graders.
The report card gave the Legislature a D overall for 2011.
The Legislature got an F for budget equity.
As the Washington Legislature reaches the session's halfway point, they look to Sacramento.
But one group has state legislatures on its side.
LANSING, MI – The Michigan Legislature wants to make sure the state is buying American when it comes to flags.
Legislature does away with executions — but not for the 11 now on death row.
In 2008, the state Legislature and Gov David Paterson raised the basic welfare grant to needy New Yorkers.
The Texas Legislature has reached agreement on public school funding but is still hammering out a deal on higher education.
Pennsylvania's legislature reconvenes tomorrow — and activists are hoping that SB1100/HB1950 won't be at the top of their to-do list.
For several months, the Oswego County Legislature's Strategic Planning and Government Committee has been discussing how legislators will access public records.
The Legislature takes on Oregon's proliferating lingerie shops.
Given this, the Legislature gave the bills the kind of thoughtful analysis we've come to expect — less than one week's worth.
When the Students First Act (SFA) was being debated in the Legislature, part of AEA's argument against it was that we knew, based on experience, that whatever power that was given to school boards and superintendents would be abused.

In science:

Here we address a body of theory that is of special interest to scholars seeking to understand the origins of party governance in political systems where voters cast partisan ballots in two contests, one involving the executive branch and one involving the legislature.
Some Quantum-Like Features of Mass Politics in Two-Party Systems
Classically, these conditions imply that preferences are fully nonseparable and assume that the relevance to party governance of the executive and legislature are equal.
Some Quantum-Like Features of Mass Politics in Two-Party Systems
This is because there are at the same time for every voter two partisan preferences for each dimension of governance, one (say, for the Legislature) “invoked” by a fixed (say, R) outcome in the other (E xecutive), and a second one, also for the legislature, “invoked” by the opposite fixed outcome (D = E xecutive).
Some Quantum-Like Features of Mass Politics in Two-Party Systems
All the numerical points represent averages over 100 different legislatures.
The beneficial role of random strategies in social and financial systems
At this point we can calculate the efficiency E f f (L) of the Parliament during a legislature L by simply multiplying the percentage of accepted proposals Nacc (L) times the overall social gain Y (L) they ensure (notice that E f f (L) will be therefore expressed by a real number included in the interval [-100,100]).
The beneficial role of random strategies in social and financial systems