administrative leave


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 Albert, Fresno Bee, 5 Oct. 2010

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First Known Use of administrative leave

1932, in the meaning defined above

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“Administrative leave.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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