ad·min·is·tra·tive | \əd-ˈmi-nə-ˌstrā-tiv, -strə-\

Definition of administrative 

: of or relating to administration or an administration : executive administrative duties

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Other Words from administrative

administratively adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for administrative


directorial, executive, managerial, supervisory


nonmanagerial, nonsupervisory

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Examples of administrative in a Sentence

She has an administrative job. among his other administrative duties is the appointment of transit authority officials

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The federal government pays 100 percent of SNAP benefits, but state and federal governments share administrative costs. Nedra Rhone, ajc, "Study: Minority of SNAP recipients spend benefits early in the month," 10 July 2018 In both cases, administrative actions were used to deny admission to thousands of refugees and asylum seekers. Susan F. Martin, Fortune, "Trump’s Asylum Policy Is Eerily Similar to America’s During the Holocaust," 19 June 2018 Some legitimate awards may have an entry fee to cover administrative costs, but the winners don’t have to pay extra for the actual plaque or trophy. Veronica Craker, idahostatesman, "Your business might deserve an honor, but be wary of ‘vanity awards’ seeking money," 16 June 2018 The report does not indicate whether any of the subjects of the investigation will be referred for criminal prosecution, but Horowitz did recommend the FBI take administrative action against Strzok, Page and three other unnamed FBI employees. NBC News, "Inspector General: Comey not biased in Clinton probe; agent vowed to 'stop' Trump," 14 June 2018 All sorts of things are adversely happening, not through legislation, but through administrative action. Fox News, "Steny Hoyer: We didn't get anything out of Kim Jong Un," 13 June 2018 Ann Wilson of the American Motor and Equipment Manufacturers Association reports her members’ concerns about an entirely new administrative burden. The Economist, "NAFTA negotiators are struggling to meet a congressional deadline," 17 May 2018 Whether any surprise policy mentions will translate into administrative action is another question. Erin Mershon, STAT, "Trump often goes off script. What does that mean for his drug pricing speech?," 7 May 2018 Seven individuals were convicted in court martial proceedings, while 16 faced non-judicial punishments and 28 received administrative actions. Leah Rodriguez, The Cut, "60 Marines Will Face Punishment for Online Misconduct Following Nude-Photo-Sharing Scandal," 3 May 2018

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First Known Use of administrative

1651, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for administrative

administr(ation) + -ative

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English Language Learners Definition of administrative

: of or relating to the management of a company, school, or other organization


ad·min·is·tra·tive | \əd-ˈmi-nə-ˌstrā-tiv \

Kids Definition of administrative

: of or assisting in administration


ad·min·i·stra·tive | \əd-ˈmi-nə-ˌstrā-tiv \

Legal Definition of administrative 

1 : of or relating to the performance of a function : ministerial administrative communications include…instructions that encourage a jury to continue its deliberationsNational Law Journal

2 : of or relating to the executive branch of a government — compare legislative, judicial

3 : of or relating to a government agency administrative remedies

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