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
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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 22 Sep. 2023.

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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