legislature Definition

  • 1a governmental body primarily responsible for the making of laws
  • 2the branch of government having the power to make laws

Using legislature: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "legislature" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The state legislature passed a new law.

  • Example

    The legislature is currently in session.

  • Example

    The governor vetoed the bill passed by the legislature.

legislature Synonyms and Antonyms

Phrases with legislature

  • a legislative body with two separate chambers or houses, such as the US Congress


    The bicameral legislature consists of the House of Representatives and the Senate.

  • a legislative body with only one chamber or house, such as the Nebraska Legislature


    The unicameral legislature of Nebraska is the only state legislature in the United States that is not divided into two separate chambers.

  • a legislative body at the state level of government, responsible for making laws within a particular state


    The state legislature of California is composed of the State Assembly and the State Senate.

Origins of legislature

from Latin 'lex', meaning 'law', and 'ferre', meaning 'to make'


Summary: legislature in Brief

A 'legislature' [ˈlɛdʒɪslətʃər] is a governmental body responsible for making laws. It is often referred to as the branch of government that has the power to make laws. Examples include the state legislature and the bicameral legislature. The governor can veto bills passed by the legislature.