directive

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adjective

di·​rec·​tive də-ˈrek-tiv How to pronounce directive (audio)
dī-
1
: serving or intended to guide, govern, or influence
a directive method
2
: serving to point direction
specifically : directional sense 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

directive

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noun

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

Examples of directive in a Sentence

Noun They received a written directive instructing them to develop new security measures. the company president regularly issues directives intended for all staff members
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
This fits with the global rise of non- directive genetic counseling in the Fifties, which emphasized voluntary measures in the shadow of Nazi atrocities. Krithika Varagur, Harper's Magazine, 10 July 2023 However, while Millennials wanted their leaders to act like partners and friends, Gen-Z ask for their leaders to be directive when needed. Karina Ochis, Forbes, 4 May 2023
Noun
The directive was put into action in 1942, approximately two years before the events told in Spielberg’s film. Tomris Laffly, EW.com, 6 July 2024 In mid-June, the EU’s European Council recommended the use of the Product Environmental Footprint to measure the environmental impact of apparel and footwear as part of its position on the green claims directive. Jennifer Bringle, Sourcing Journal, 5 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for directive 

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective

see direct entry 1

Noun

see direct entry 1

First Known Use

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1902, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of directive was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Directive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/directive. Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

directive

noun
di·​rec·​tive
də-ˈrek-tiv,
dī-
: something that guides or directs
especially : a general instruction from a high-level body or official

Medical Definition

directive

adjective
di·​rec·​tive də-ˈrek-tiv, dī- How to pronounce directive (audio)
: of or relating to psychotherapy in which the therapist introduces information, content, or attitudes not previously expressed by the client

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