(Le"gion*a*ry) n.; pl. Legionaries (- riz). A member of a legion. Milton.
(Le"gioned) a. Formed into a legion or legions; legionary. Shelley.
(Le"gion*ry) n. A body of legions; legions, collectively. [R.] Pollok.
(Leg"is*late) v. i. [imp. & p. p. Legislated (- la`ted); p. pr. & vb. n. Legislating ] [See Legislator.]
To make or enact a law or laws.
Solon, in legislating for the Athenians, had an idea of a more perfect constitution than he gave them.Bp. Watson
(Leg`is*la"tion) n. [Cf. F. législation, L. legis latio. See Legislator.] The act of legislating; preparation
and enactment of laws; the laws enacted.
Pythagoras joined legislation to his philosophy.Lyttelton.
(Leg"is*la*tive) a. [Cf. F. législatif.]
1. Making, or having the power to make, a law or laws; lawmaking; distinguished from executive; as, a
legislative act; a legislative body.
The supreme legislative power of England was lodged in the king and great council, or what was afterwards
called the Parliament.Hume.
2. Of or pertaining to the making of laws; suitable to legislation; as, the transaction of legislative business; the
(Leg"is*la*tive*ly), adv. In a legislative manner.
(Leg"is*la`tor) n. [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.] A lawgiver; one
who makes laws for a state or community; a member of a legislative body.
The legislators in ancient and heroical times.Bacon.
Many of the legislators themselves had taken an oath of abjuration of his Majesty's person and family.E. Phillips.
(Leg`is*la*to"ri*al) (- la*to"ri*al), a. Of or pertaining to a legislator or legislature.
(Leg"is*la`tor*ship) n. The office of a legislator. Halifax.
(Leg"is*la`tress Leg"is*la`trix) n. A woman who makes laws. Shaftesbury.
(Leg"is*la`ture) (lej"is*la`tur; 135), n. [Cf. F. législature.] The body of persons in a state or
kingdom invested with power to make and repeal laws; a legislative body.
Without the concurrent consent of all three parts of the legislature, no law is, or can be, made.Sir M.
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.