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Labor Tweet Definition of Labor Like Definition of Labor on Facebook
proper noun
  1. (Australia) The w:Australian Labor Party, Australian Labor Party.
Labour Party Tweet Definition of Labour Party Like Definition of Labour Party on Facebook
proper noun
  1. A political organization representing labour.
  2. Any of a number of political parties of various nationalities, often opposed to conservative parties.
landslide Tweet Definition of landslide Like Definition of landslide on Facebook
noun
  1. A natural disaster that involves the breakup and downhill flow of rock, mud, water and anything caught in the path.
  2. A vote won by a wide or overwhelming majority.
The candidate won by a .
adjective
  1. Of an election or vote, won by a large majority.
lawmaker Tweet Definition of lawmaker Like Definition of lawmaker on Facebook
noun
  1. one who makes laws; a legislator
league Tweet Definition of league Like Definition of league on Facebook
noun
  1. A group or organization
Ex. <i>The Red-headed <b>league</b> in <u>Sherlock Holmes</u></i>
  1. An organization of sports teams that play against each other for a championship
Ex. the National Football League, the American (baseball) League
  1. (<i>measurement</i>) The distance that a person can walk in one hour. Commonly taken to be three English miles (about five kilometres).
M. Le Page Du Pratz, <i>History of Louisisana</i> (PG), p. 47
: <i>Seven <b>leagues</b> above the mouth of the river we meet with two other passes, as large as the middle one by which we entered;</i>
League of Nations Tweet Definition of League of Nations Like Definition of League of Nations on Facebook
proper noun
  1. The predecessor of the United Nations.
left Tweet Definition of left Like Definition of left on Facebook
noun
  1. The left side.
  2. (politics) The ensemble of left-wing political party, parties. Political liberals as a group.
The political is not holding enough power.
  1. (boxing) A punch delivered with the left fist.
verb
  1. (past of, leave)
  1. (Ireland) (colloquial) permitted, allowed to proceed.
    We were not go to the beach after school except on a weekend.
adjective (more left, leftmost)
  1. The west side of the body when one is facing north.
  2. remaining.
  3. (politics) Pertaining to the political left; liberal.
adverb
  1. On or towards the left side.
leftist Tweet Definition of leftist Like Definition of leftist on Facebook
noun
  1. A person who holds views associated with the political left.
left wing Tweet Definition of left wing Like Definition of left wing on Facebook
noun
  1. (politics) the more left-wing faction of a group or party
  2. (sport) the left-hand side of a sports field
  3. (icehockey) the offensive player who plays to the center's left
legation Tweet Definition of legation Like Definition of legation on Facebook
noun
  1. The post or office of a legate; a legateship.
  2. A diplomatic mission.
  3. The official residence of a diplomat.
legislate Tweet Definition of legislate Like Definition of legislate on Facebook
verb
  1. To pass laws (including the amending or repeal of existing laws).
    ''If they can't get people to do the right thing by talking then they will try to it, then they can try to enforce the statutes.
legislation Tweet Definition of legislation Like Definition of legislation on Facebook
noun
  1. The act of legislating; preparation and enactment of laws; the laws enacted.
  2. Law which has been enacted by legislature or other governing body
legislative Tweet Definition of legislative Like Definition of legislative on Facebook
adjective
  1. 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 body.
  1. (rfd-redundant) Of or pertaining to the making of laws; suitable to legislation; as, the transaction of legislative business; the legislative style.
The framework provides much opportuinity for correction and ammendment of poorly thought out bills.
legislator Tweet Definition of legislator Like Definition of legislator on Facebook
noun
  1. Someone who creates or enacts laws, especially a member of a legislative body.
legislature Tweet Definition of legislature Like Definition of legislature on Facebook
noun (plural:legislatures)
  1. A governmental body with the power to make, amend and repeal laws.
Liberal Tweet Definition of Liberal Like Definition of Liberal on Facebook
proper noun
  1. (Canada) A member or support of the Liberal Party
  2. A Liberal Democrat.
liberalism Tweet Definition of liberalism Like Definition of liberalism on Facebook
noun
  1. The quality of being liberal.
  2. A political movement founded on the autonomy and personal freedom of the individual, progress and reform, and government by law with the consent of the governed.
  3. An economic theory in favour of laissez faire and the free market.
Likud Tweet Definition of Likud Like Definition of Likud on Facebook
proper noun
  1. A centre-right political party in Israel.
lily-white Tweet Definition of lily-white Like Definition of lily-white on Facebook
adjective
  1. A shade of the color white.
  2. Pure, unblemished, immaculate.
    Not a pimple nor freckle marred her skin
  3. Innocent, having a reputation beyond reproach.
  4. (slang) Restricted to Caucasians.
limited Tweet Definition of limited Like Definition of limited on Facebook
verb
  1. (past participle of, limit)
adjective
  1. with certain (oft. specified) limits placed upon it
linkage Tweet Definition of linkage Like Definition of linkage on Facebook
noun (wikipedia, Linkage (mechanical))
(
wikipedia, Genetic linkage)
(
wikipedia, Linkage (linguistics))
  1. A mechanical device that connects things.
A in my car's transmission is broken so I can't shift out of first gear.
  1. A connection or relation between things or ideas.
  2. (genetics) The property of genes of being inherited together.
  3. (linguistics) A set of definitely related words for which no proto-language can be derived.
listening post Tweet Definition of listening post Like Definition of listening post on Facebook
noun
  1. A facility established to monitor radio and microwave signals and analyse their content to secure information and intelligence for use by the security and diplomatic community and others.
lobby Tweet Definition of lobby Like Definition of lobby on Facebook
noun (lobb, ies)
  1. An entryway or waiting area; vestibule.
    • I had to wait in the for hours before seeing the doctor.
      1. The class or group of people who try to lobby or influence public officials; collectively, lobbyists.
    • The influence of the tobacco has decreased considerably in the US.
verb (lobb, i, ed)
  1. (context, intransitive, transitive) To attempt to influence (a public official or decision-maker) in favor of a specific opinion or cause.
    • For years, pro-life groups have continued to hard for restrictions on abortion.
    • The corporations don't have to the government anymore. They are the government. -- wikiquote:Jim Hightower, Jim Hightower
lobbyist Tweet Definition of lobbyist Like Definition of lobbyist on Facebook
noun
  1. A person who attempts to persuade (to lobby) politicians to vote in a certain way.
local government Tweet Definition of local government Like Definition of local government on Facebook
noun
  1. any form of government whose remit covers an area less than that of the nation
logrolling Tweet Definition of logrolling Like Definition of logrolling on Facebook
noun
  1. The rolling of logs.
  2. A concerted effort to push forward mutually advantageous legislative agendas.
Lord Tweet Definition of Lord Like Definition of Lord on Facebook
proper noun
  1. God
  2. (Christianity) Jesus
  3. An aristocratic title used as a form of address for a marquis, earl, or viscount; the usual style for a baron; a courtesy title for a younger son of a duke or marquis; a title for certain high officials and dignitaries such as Lord Mayor; a title for a bishop
lumpen Tweet Definition of lumpen Like Definition of lumpen on Facebook
adjective
  1. Of or referring to social outcasts.
  2. Of or relating to the lumpenproletariat.
  3. Plebeian
Lusitania Tweet Definition of Lusitania Like Definition of Lusitania on Facebook
proper noun
  1. An archaic name for Portugal
  2. An Allied passenger ship sunk by a German U-Boat during World War I

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