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directive

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

Definition of directive

  1. 1 :  serving or intended to guide, govern, or influence <a directive method>

  2. 2 :  serving to point direction; specifically :  directional 1b <directive microphones>

  3. 3 psychology :  of or relating to psychotherapy or counseling in which the counselor introduces information, content, or attitudes not previously expressed by the client

Did You Know?

As the definition states, a directive directs. A directive from a school principal might provide guidance about handling holiday celebrations in class. A directive from the Vatican might specify new wording for the Mass in various languages. Even the European Union issues directives to its member countries, which they often ignore.

Origin and Etymology of directive

see 1direct


First Known Use: 15th century


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directive

noun di·rec·tive

Definition of directive

  1. :  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

  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>

Origin and Etymology of directive

see 1direct


First Known Use: 1902


DIRECTIVE Defined for English Language Learners


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directive

noun di·rec·tive

Definition of directive for English Language Learners

  • : an official order or instruction


Medical Dictionary

directive

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

Medical Definition of directive

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



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