ad·​min·​is·​tra·​tive əd-ˈmi-nə-ˌstrā-tiv How to pronounce administrative (audio)
: of or relating to administration or an administration : relating to the management of a company, school, or other organization
administrative tasks/duties/responsibilities
administrative expenses/costs
a hospital's administrative staff
… these schools are given wide latitude in creating their teaching programs as long as they meet certain academic standards; they are also freed from many of the administrative and hiring rules governing traditional public schools.Suzanna Andrews

Examples of administrative in a Sentence

She has an administrative job. among his other administrative duties is the appointment of transit authority officials
Recent Examples on the Web An issue that has emerged since the crackdown started is shuttered shops reopening after contesting their padlock cases in administrative court. Chris Sommerfeldt, New York Daily News, 17 July 2024 The union, which represents 6,000 administrative and supervisory employees, has also filed an unfair-practices complaint with the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board, which is still pending. Chris Morris, Fortune, 16 July 2024 Police texted out administrative numbers that callers could use, Boston Mayor Michelle Wu gave outage updates at a press conference outlining plans for the Celtics’ championship parade, and local officials urged people to summon help by pulling red fire alarm boxes. Stephanie Armour, USA TODAY, 16 July 2024 None of their appeals, including an administrative hearing overseen by Florida’s health agency, have worked. Orion Rummler, Them, 16 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for administrative 

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Word History


administr(ation) + -ative

First Known Use

1651, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of administrative was in 1651

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Cite this Entry

“Administrative.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


ad·​min·​is·​tra·​tive əd-ˈmin-ə-ˌstrāt-iv How to pronounce administrative (audio)
: of or relating to administration
an administrative position

Legal Definition


ad·​min·​i·​stra·​tive əd-ˈmi-nə-ˌstrā-tiv How to pronounce administrative (audio)
: of or relating to the performance of a function : ministerial
administrative communications include…instructions that encourage a jury to continue its deliberationsNational Law Journal
: of or relating to the executive branch of a government compare legislative, judicial
: of or relating to a government agency
administrative remedies

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