directive

adjective
di·​rec·​tive | \ də-ˈrek-tiv How to pronounce directive (audio) , dī-\

Definition of directive

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

noun

Definition of directive (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

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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

What followed was a flurry of directive fingers from shoppers helping guide officers to the location of all three fleeing perps. Kim Fu, The Mercury News, "Three Antioch residents nabbed in brazen liquor burglary attempt foiled by Vacaville police," 10 July 2019 Most intriguingly, the new app will take a more directive approach to making suggestions to drivers about where to go and what to do. Alexis C. Madrigal, The Atlantic, "3 Million Uber Drivers Are About to Get a New Boss," 10 Apr. 2018 Garcetti signed a directive two weeks ago prohibiting all city employees from using public resources to aide federal civil immigration actions. The Washington Post, The Denver Post, "Attorney General Sessions seeks greater role for Justice Department in immigration enforcement," 1 Apr. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

But, Scientology has a policy and directive under their Office of Special Affairs, which is the office that Mike formerly ran. Joey Nolfi, EW.com, "Scientology and the Aftermath," 26 Aug. 2019 The event is part of the Wills for Heroes Foundation, and the free legal services include preparation and notarization of wills, durable powers of attorney for property management, and advance health care directives. Teri Figueroa, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Free legal help with wills, estate documents Saturday for first responders," 3 Sep. 2019 No such offensive system has been put through the specialized review process created by an Obama-era Pentagon directive, although the procedures have gotten a lot of internal attention, according to current and former Defense Department officials. The Atlantic, "Coming Soon to a Battlefield: Robots That Can Kill," 3 Sep. 2019 Those local casinos would also be more compliant with government directives to invest more in low-revenue, non-gaming attractions. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, "How China’s Casino Enclave of Macau Could Become a Bargaining Chip in the U.S. Trade War," 31 Aug. 2019 Doctors are saddled with heaps of frequently useless paperwork and aimless bureaucratic directives. Maria Danilova, Harper's magazine, "Alternative Medicine," 28 Aug. 2019 Within its first weeks his administration withdrew an Obama directive on treatment of transgender students. Michelangelo Signorile, Twin Cities, "Michelangelo Signorile: No, Trump is not LGBTQ-friendly," 22 Aug. 2019 The trouble started after Laster sought a clarification of how to carry out Mattis’ sweeping travel directive. James Bandler, ProPublica, "How Amazon and Silicon Valley Seduced the Pentagon," 22 Aug. 2019 In fact, the city has recycled this same directive for at least two years, hoping against hope that Storrowing can be avoided. Steve Annear, BostonGlobe.com, "‘You cannot drive a moving truck on Storrow Drive. You cannot drive a moving truck on Storrow Drive. You cannot drive a moving truck on Storrow Drive’," 21 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of directive

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1902, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for directive

Adjective

see direct entry 1

Noun

see direct entry 1

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directive

noun

English Language Learners Definition of directive

formal : an official order or instruction

directive

adjective
di·​rec·​tive | \ də-ˈrek-tiv, dī- How to pronounce directive (audio) \

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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