Meaning of “legislative” in the English Dictionary

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"legislative" in British English

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uk /ˈledʒ.ɪ.slə.tɪv/ us /ˈledʒ.ə.slə.t̬ɪv/ formal

relating to laws or the making of laws:

The European Parliament will have greater legislative powers (= ability to make laws).

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  • There will be few legislative changes.
  • They have sweeping new legislative powers.
  • They oppose most legislative reform.
  • He is an expert in legislative history.
  • They have too much legislative power.

(Definition of “legislative” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"legislative" in American English

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legislativeadjective [ not gradable ]

us /ˈledʒ·əsˌleɪ·t̬ɪv/

politics & government relating to the making of laws:

Congress is the legislative branch of government.

(Definition of “legislative” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"legislative" in Business English

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uk /ˈledʒɪslətɪv/ us /-ṱɪv/ LAW

relating to laws and the process of making laws:

A special legislative session has been called to deal with the state deficit.
The pricing plan failed to win legislative approval before the close of the session last week.
a legislative leader/director/committee
a legislative process/proposal/initiative

(Definition of “legislative” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)