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directive

adjective di·rec·tive \ də-ˈrek-tiv , dī- \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of directive

1 : serving or intended to guide, govern, or influence
  • a directive method
2 : serving to point direction; specifically : directional 1b
  • directive microphones
3 psychology : of or relating to psychotherapy or counseling in which the counselor introduces information, content, or attitudes not previously expressed by the client

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Origin and Etymology of directive


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directive

noun

Definition of directive

: something that serves to direct, guide, and usually impel toward an action or goal; especiallygovernment : an authoritative order or instrument issued by a high-level body or official
  • a presidential directive

Examples of directive in a Sentence

  1. They received a written directive instructing them to develop new security measures.

  2. the company president regularly issues directives intended for all staff members

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Origin and Etymology of directive


DIRECTIVE Defined for English Language Learners

directive

noun

Definition of directive for English Language Learners

  • : an official order or instruction


Medical Dictionary

directive

adjective di·rec·tive \ də-ˈrek-tiv, dī- \

medical Definition of directive

: of or relating to psychotherapy in which the therapist introduces information, content, or attitudes not previously expressed by the client


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