administrative leave

noun

Definition of administrative leave

: a mandatory leave of absence that is required as a matter of policy in special circumstances (such as during an investigation of possible wrongdoing)
  • The seven officers and the sergeant involved in the shooting have been placed on paid administrative leave, as is routinely done in such cases.
  • —Sara AlbertFresno Bee5 Oct. 2010

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First Known Use of administrative leave

1932


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