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executive

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adjective ex·ec·u·tive \ig-ˈze-k(y)ə-tiv, -kyü-\

Definition of executive

  1. 1a :  of or relating to the execution of the laws and the conduct of public and national affairsb :  belonging to the branch of government that is charged with such powers as diplomatic representation, superintendence of the execution of the laws, and appointment of officials and that usually has some power over legislation (as through veto) — compare judicial, legislative

  2. 2a :  designed for or relating to execution or carrying into effect executive boardb :  having administrative or managerial responsibility executive director

  3. 3 :  of or relating to an executive the executive offices

Examples of executive in a Sentence

  1. She has good executive skills.

  2. He has an executive position in the company.

  3. In the U.S., the President is the head of the executive branch of government.

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First Known Use of executive

1649


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Definition of executive

  1. 1 :  the executive branch of a government; also :  the person or persons who constitute the executive magistracy of a state

  2. 2 :  a directing or controlling office of an organization

  3. 3 :  one that exercises administrative or managerial control

Examples of executive in a Sentence

  1. The television network's executives decided not to air the controversial show.

  2. The President is the chief executive of the U.S.

  3. matters of policy controlled by the executive

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First Known Use of executive

1774



EXECUTIVE Defined for Kids

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adjective ex·ec·u·tive \ig-ˈze-kyə-tiv\

Definition of executive for Students

  1. 1 :  fitted for or relating to the managing or directing of things Claudia showed the executive ability of a corporation president. — E. L. Konigsburg, Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

  2. 2 :  relating to the carrying out of the law and the conduct of public affairs the executive branch of government


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noun ex·ec·u·tive

Definition of executive for Students

  1. 1 :  a person who manages or directs a sales executive

  2. 2 :  the executive branch of a government


Law Dictionary

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adjective ex·ec·u·tive

Legal Definition of executive

  1. 1 :  of or relating to the execution or carrying out of laws serving a warrant is an executive function; especially :  belonging to the branch of government that is charged with such powers as diplomatic representation, overseeing the execution of laws, and appointment of officials — compare judicial, legislative

  2. 2a :  of or relating to execution b :  having administrative or managerial responsibility an executive director

  3. 3 :  of, relating to, or issued by an executive an executive pardon


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noun ex·ec·u·tive

Legal Definition of executive

  1. 1a :  the executive branch of a government — compare judiciary, legislature b :  the person or persons making up that branch — see also governor, mayor, president

  2. 2 :  a person who exercises administrative or managerial control



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