ad·​min·​is·​tra·​tive | \ əd-ˈmi-nə-ˌstrā-tiv How to pronounce administrative (audio) , -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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Covey has been on administrative leave since the shooting. P.r. Lockhart, Vox, "A black security guard caught a shooting suspect — only to be shot by police minutes later," 23 Jan. 2019 The Chamber is proposing that IPS cut its Central Office staff in half, reduce its teacher workforce by 12 percent and shed additional school buildings and other facilities, like the downtown administrative building. Arika Herron, Indianapolis Star, "Chamber calls for nearly $500M in IPS cuts in exchange for support of $100M tax hike," 11 July 2018 The house served as the American embassy from 1906, and from 1937—as Ankara had by then become Turkey’s capital and administrative hub—as the consulate general. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Hamish Bowles Attends Serdar Gülgün’s Opulent Ottoman Ball in Istanbul," 4 Feb. 2019 The arrangement, which hasn’t been reported before, called for a $3,150 payment and three hours of administrative office time, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman said Tuesday. Andy Pasztor, WSJ, "Southwest Agreed to Pay FAA for Inspector’s Time During Government Shutdown," 29 Jan. 2019 But an administrative judge sided with the city in November, declaring the review almost entirely adequate. Daniel Beekman, The Seattle Times, "Seattle City Council starts debate on upzones; here’s how neighborhoods across the city would be affected," 8 Jan. 2019 Once administrative credentials had been obtained, they were used to move laterally within the MSPs' networks and the networks of their clients. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "US and allies: New hacks mean China broke 2015 economic espionage pact," 20 Dec. 2018 Before this allegation arose two weeks ago, I was required to start making certain administrative preparations for my possible transfer to the supreme court just in case I was confirmed. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Read the Full Transcript of Brett Kavanaugh's Opening Statement at Today's Hearing," 27 Sep. 2018 He has been placed on administrative leave as per protocol while county police conduct an independent investigation. Chris Irvine, Fox News, "Cop who fatally shot unarmed 17-year-old boy was sworn in just 90 minutes before, police sources say," 2 Oct. 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 How to pronounce administrative (audio) \

Kids Definition of administrative

: of or assisting in administration


ad·​min·​i·​stra·​tive | \ əd-ˈmi-nə-ˌstrā-tiv How to pronounce administrative (audio) \

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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