execution

noun ex·e·cu·tion \ ˌek-si-ˈkyü-shən \
Updated on: 3 Dec 2017

Definition of execution

1 : the act or process of executing : performance
2 : a putting to death especially as a legal penalty
3 : the process of enforcing a legal judgment (as against a debtor); also : a judicial writ directing such enforcement
4 : the act or mode or result of performance
5 archaic : effective or destructive action
  • his brandished steel, which smoked with bloody execution
  • —William Shakespeare
usually used with do
  • as soon as day came, we went out to see what execution we had done
  • —Daniel Defoe

Examples of execution in a Sentence

  1. He is in prison awaiting execution.

  2. The quarterback's execution of the play was perfect.

  3. skillful execution of the dance steps

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Origin and Etymology of execution

Middle English execucion, from Anglo-French, from Latin exsecution-, exsecutio, from exsequi to execute, from ex- + sequi to follow — more at sue



EXECUTION Defined for English Language Learners

execution

noun

Definition of execution for English Language Learners

  • : the act of killing someone especially as punishment for a crime

  • : the act of doing or performing something


EXECUTION Defined for Kids

execution

noun ex·e·cu·tion \ ˌek-sə-ˈkyü-shən \

Definition of execution for Students

1 : the act of killing someone as a legal penalty
2 : the act of doing or performing something
  • execution of a plan

Law Dictionary

execution

noun ex·e·cu·tion \ ˌek-si-ˈkyü-shən \

legal Definition of execution

1 : the act or process of executing
  • witnessed the execution of the will
2 : a putting to death as fulfillment of a judicial death sentence
3 : the process of enforcing a judgment (as against a debtor); also : a judicial writ (as fieri facias) by which an officer is empowered to carry a judgment into effect — see also levy


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