Definition of directive
1 : serving or intended to guide, govern, or influence a directive method
Examples of directive in a Sentence
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 of directive from the Web
According to Politico, she's delayed borrower defense directives that safeguard defrauded students who take out loans and are cheated by their schools.
No formal action on the request is expected until the Aug. 22 regular meeting of the board, when it can be placed on the agenda, barring any directive from board members on how to proceed.
Signing such a directive in a room honoring more than 3,500 Medal of Honor awardees, a full 20 percent of them born on foreign shores, was an odd choice.
These directives were the equivalent of legislating by executive order.
Last month Sessions sent a two-page memo to federal prosecutors reversing former Attorney General Eric H. Holder’s directive to avoid charging certain defendants with offenses that would trigger long mandatory minimum sentences.
U.S. attorneys do not have the power to disobey Department of Justice directives, but there is enormous prosecutorial discretion in the position, experts and U.S. attorneys themselves agreed.
On top of that, Trump’s executive orders have hardly constituted actual action in most cases thus far, but rather directives for action.
Most have since refused to comment on the case or their deliberations, following a directive the judge gave before discharging them Saturday and repeated in a ruling this week.
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DIRECTIVE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of directive for English Language Learners
: an official order or instruction
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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