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 : 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

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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
Recent Examples on the Web Sheriff Dallas Baldwin released a statement Wednesday saying his office has begun the process of firing Heintz, who has been on administrative leave the past two weeks. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, "Ohio deputy facing child pornography charges," 25 Feb. 2021 Bravo has worked for the county for eight years in different positions, including staff officer and project manager for the chief administrative officer. David Hernandez, San Diego Union-Tribune, "‘It’s exciting:’ Assistant Sheriff Martinez will become first female undersheriff in San Diego County," 23 Feb. 2021 Betty Brown, commission administrative assistant, or (870) 534-2121. Pine Bluff Commercial, Arkansas Online, "Calendar for Feb. 20, 2021," 21 Feb. 2021 The Met is distinctive in giving the top job to an administrative chief executive officer, while the director ranks No. 2. Los Angeles Times, "Commentary: While the Met contemplates selling its treasured art, rich trustees sit idle," 14 Feb. 2021 Universal Music Group head of communications Will Tanous, already a member of the company's executive management board, has been promoted to chief administrative officer. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "UMG Promotes Will Tanous to Chief Administrative Officer," 2 Feb. 2021 Volunteers sign up online and outline their skills -- from medical to administrative -- and are matched with organizations or health systems within the state that need their help. Lauren Mascarenhas, CNN, "For some volunteers helping with the Covid-19 vaccination effort, early vaccination is a bonus," 30 Jan. 2021 In July 2018, a city administrative hearing officer ruled that the owner, state Sen. Troy Carter, had committed 14 code violations and ordered him to pay $7,075 within 30 days. David A. Hammer,, "As his blighted Algiers Point home draws ire, state Sen. Troy Carter points to city, cyberattack," 27 Jan. 2021 Daniel Ramos, the deputy city administrative officer, said Baltimore is paying for the extension through its general fund and is being reimbursed at a 75% rate by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA. Phil Davis,, "Baltimore extends contracts with hotels to house homeless residents through March," 31 Dec. 2020

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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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The first known use of administrative was in 1651

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1 Mar 2021

Cite this Entry

“Administrative.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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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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