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Definition of EXECUTIVE
a: of or relating to the execution of the laws and the conduct of public and national affairs
b: belonging to the branch of government that is charged with such powers as diplomatic representation, superintendence of the execution of the laws, and appointment of officials and that usually has some power over legislation (as through veto) — compare judicial, legislative
a: designed for or relating to execution or carrying into effect <executive board>
b: having administrative or managerial responsibility <executive director>
: of or relating to an executive <the executive offices>
In politics, a person or persons constituting the branch of government charged with executing or carrying out the laws and appointing officials, formulating and instituting foreign policy, and providing diplomatic representation. In the U.S., a system of checks and balances keeps the power of the executive more or less equal to that of the judiciary and the legislature. See alsomayor, president, prime minister.