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 board is expected to consider raises, totaling $73,600, for the district’s administrative staff at its next meeting. Heather Cherone,, "District 64 can't accept offer for administrative office building, board attorney says," 3 July 2018 In addition, Stephanie McCaffrey joins the team as an administrative assistant after working as an assistant coach for the women’s team for 10 seasons. Mitchell Gladstone,, "Phil Martelli, St. Joe's announce changes to men's basketball staff," 28 June 2018 UConn President Susan Herbst said students and faculty rely on these administrative staff, including research staff and computer support. Kathleen Megan,, "UConn Budget Could Mean Larger Classes, Fewer Advisers, Revisiting Tuition Hike For Fall 2019," 27 June 2018 Guzman said he was born in the U.S. and currently works as an administrative assistant. Christopher Brito, CBS News, "Video shows woman berating Latino man, calling Mexicans "rapists, animals, drug dealers"," 27 June 2018 GFA International, a Florida engineering firm, allows dogs to come to work once a month, said Tania Valcourt, an administrative assistant at the Port St. Lucie office. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "Take your dog to work? These 'employees' wag their tails," 21 June 2018 Caroline Kulp, the administrative assistant in the office of the University of Maryland Extension- Howard County, has sent out some interesting seminar announcements over the years. Chuck Gait, Howard County Times, "Fun times in store for all at 140th Clarksville Picnic [Highland/Fulton]," 14 June 2018 But the patient had to wait at least six hours until the surgery department’s own nurses and administrative staff realized that no surgeons were available. Anne Saker,, "Cincinnati VA turmoil: 3 patients sent elsewhere when surgery department closed for 4 days," 11 June 2018 Classified and administrative staff in Phoenix's Madison Elementary School District are expected to receive 9 percent increases. Ricardo Cano, azcentral, "Pay raises for teachers, staff vary across Arizona school districts after #RedForEd," 3 June 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


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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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