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 After prosecutors dropped the criminal charge, the Police Department conducted a separate administrative investigation that concluded Rose likely molested the child. Danny Mcdonald,, 19 May 2022 Its next project could be wholesale dismantlement of the administrative state. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, 13 May 2022 The administrative state has been with us since the founding. Cass R. Sunstein, The New York Review of Books, 11 May 2022 The libertarian faction within the movement wants to curb the power of the administrative state that grew up in the New Deal, limiting the authority of regulatory agencies. Charlie Savage, New York Times, 3 May 2022 Villanueva ordered Limon to bring the employee back before the administrative investigation was complete, according to the claim. Alene Tchekmedyianstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 28 Apr. 2022 The Tucson Police Department will have its own administrative investigation to see if there were policy violations. Angela Cordoba Perez, The Arizona Republic, 27 Apr. 2022 The department’s Internal Affairs department is conducting a separate administrative investigation. Jake Allen, The Indianapolis Star, 26 Apr. 2022 The Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Office is conducting an administrative investigation and the Charles County Sheriff’s Office is conducting a criminal investigation, according to police. Washington Post, 19 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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24 May 2022

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“Administrative.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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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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