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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In documents submitted to the higher ed commission, the school has proposed reducing administrative positions, tenure-track positions, student employment and graduate assistance support, as well as reduced spending on classroom maintenance., "Portland State to reconsider tuition increase after amped-up higher ed budget clears legislative committee," 11 June 2019 The three officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave while the shooting is under investigation. Fox News, "The Latest: Police: Dead suspect had fired handgun at them," 11 June 2019 In the next school year, 84.5 instructional positions, 26 administrative positions and 24 central office staff positions will be eliminated. Erika Butler,, "Harford school board passes $478.8 million budget for FY2020; 108.3 positions to be eliminated," 11 June 2019 Mexican officials noted that the legal and administrative dysfunction of the U.S. immigration system was not Mexico’s responsibility. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Trump: Some aspects of Mexico deal are still secret," 10 June 2019 Spend your Monday banging out administrative tasks, as the Moon goes void-of-course from Monday morning at 8:01 a.m. EST until 8:28 p.m. EST. Venus Australis,, "Your Horoscope This Week," 9 June 2019 Weyeneth worked directly with Dearborn, the new executive director of the transition, helping staff with travel arrangements and other administrative tasks, according to interviews and a résumé shared by the White House. Robert O'harrow Jr., Anchorage Daily News, "Promoted six times and then fired: A 24-year-old political appointee's wild ride in Trump's Washington," 15 June 2018 Nuttall handled many of the team's administrative tasks in the run-up to the 1994 World Cup. Ronald Blum,, "U.S. Soccer hires Earnie Stewart as general manager of men's national team," 6 June 2018 This is in part because the American health care system is fractured, meaning a doctor's office spends a lot of time on administrative tasks like filling out paperwork and chasing insurance companies to get paid. Jen Christensen, CNN, "Same cancer, worse results and twice the cost in the US," 1 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 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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to take the place or position of

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