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executive

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adjective ex·ec·u·tive \ig-ˈze-k(y)ə-tiv, -kyü-\

Simple Definition of executive

  • : relating to the job of managing or directing other people in a company or organizaton

  • : of, relating to, or used by the people who manage or direct a company or organization

  • : responsible for making sure laws are carried out and for managing the affairs of a nation

Full Definition of executive

  1. 1 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

  2. 2 a :  designed for or relating to execution or carrying into effect <executive board> b :  having administrative or managerial responsibility <executive director>

  3. 3 :  of or relating to an executive <the executive offices>

Examples of executive

  1. She has good executive skills.

  2. He has an executive position in the company.

  3. In the U.S., the President is the head of the executive branch of government.



1649

First Known Use of executive

1649


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executive

noun ex·ec·u·tive

Simple Definition of executive

  • : a person who manages or directs other people in a company or organization

  • the executive : the executive branch of a government

Full Definition of executive

  1. 1 :  the executive branch of a government; also :  the person or persons who constitute the executive magistracy of a state

  2. 2 :  a directing or controlling office of an organization

  3. 3 :  one that exercises administrative or managerial control

Examples of executive

  1. The television network's executives decided not to air the controversial show.

  2. The President is the chief executive of the U.S.

  3. matters of policy controlled by the executive



1774

First Known Use of executive

1774



EXECUTIVE Defined for Kids

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executive

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adjective ex·ec·u·tive \ig-ˈze-kyə-tiv\

Definition of executive

  1. 1 :  fitted for or relating to the managing or directing of things <Claudia showed the executive ability of a corporation president. — E. L. Konigsburg, Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler>

  2. 2 :  relating to the carrying out of the law and the conduct of public affairs <the executive branch of government>




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executive

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noun ex·ec·u·tive

Definition of executive

  1. 1 :  a person who manages or directs <a sales executive>

  2. 2 :  the executive branch of a government





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