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

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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 Helland was placed on administrative leave on Monday and did not travel with the team to Minnesota for the team's game on Wednesday. Allen Kim, CNN, "University of Wisconsin coach resigns after allegedly using a racial epithet around student-athletes," 6 Feb. 2020 Day left for Columbus, and within a year he was elevated to acting head coach after Urban Meyer was placed on administrative leave. Julian Benbow,, "Those who know him say Jeff Hafley is the right man for the job at BC," 4 Feb. 2020 On Monday, the board had announced that Alonso had been placed on administrative leave and that Gilbert was to stay away from the office and staff during the investigation. Daniel Bice, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bice: Board fires two leaders of the 2020 DNC Host Committee," 4 Feb. 2020 The school district released a statement Sunday saying the coach was placed on administrative leave, pending the results of the investigation. Robin Goist, cleveland, "YouTube video shows a coach for Canton schools trying to solicit sex from person posing as underage student, police say," 3 Feb. 2020 The name of the officer or officers who shot Leman will be released after a mandatory 72-hour administrative leave, the agency said. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, "Troopers fatally shoot armed man during foot pursuit on Kenai Peninsula, agency says," 30 Jan. 2020 Owen was placed on administrative leave, as is stand procedure, but never wound up facing any charges in the death. Breanna Edwards, Essence, "2011 Fatal Shooting By Officer Accused Of Killing Handcuffed Man Being Reviewed By Prosecutors," 30 Jan. 2020 Owen had been placed on administrative leave prior to the announcement that charges would be filed against him. Time, "Maryland Police Officer to Face Murder Charge After Handcuffed Man Shot 7 Times in Police Car," 29 Jan. 2020 Last Thursday, Deborah Dugan, the president and chief executive of the Recording Academy, the organization that hosts the show, was placed on administrative leave following accusations of misconduct, setting off a series of claims and counterclaims. Amanda Petrusich, The New Yorker, "The 2020 Grammys Fiasco," 24 Jan. 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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9 Feb 2020

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“Administrative.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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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


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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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