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executive order

noun

Simple Definition of executive order

  • : an order that comes from the U.S. President or a government agency and must be obeyed like a law

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of executive order

  1. :  regulation 2b

1862

First Known Use of executive order

1862


Law Dictionary

executive order

noun

Legal Definition of executive order

  1. :  an order issued by a government's executive on the basis of authority specifically granted to the executive branch (as by the U.S. Constitution or a congressional act) <the National Security Agency was created by an executive order> — compare proclamation, statute



Additional Notes on executive order

An executive order from the president does not have the force of law until it is printed in the Federal Register.


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