Making, or having the power to make, a law or laws; lawmaking; - distinguished from executive: as, a legislative act, a legislative body.

Although enormously influential in shaping the laws of the land, The House of Lords are not actually a legislative body.

2. noun
That branch of government which is responsible for making, or having the power to make, a law or laws.

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