executive

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

Definition of executive 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : of or relating to the execution of the laws and the conduct of public and national affairs

b : 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

2a : designed for or relating to execution or carrying into effect executive board

b : having administrative or managerial responsibility executive director

3 : of or relating to an executive the executive offices

executive

noun

Definition of executive (Entry 2 of 2)

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

2 : a directing or controlling office of an organization

3 : one that exercises administrative or managerial control

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Synonyms & Antonyms for executive

Synonyms: Adjective

administrative, directorial, managerial, supervisory

Synonyms: Noun

administrant, administrator, director, exec, manager, superintendent, supervisor

Antonyms: Adjective

nonmanagerial, nonsupervisory

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Examples of executive in a Sentence

Adjective

She has good executive skills. He has an executive position in the company. In the U.S., the President is the head of the executive branch of government.

Noun

The television network's executives decided not to air the controversial show. The President is the chief executive of the U.S. matters of policy controlled by the executive
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Victoria Raml-Glider, executive director of Genesee Lake School, released a statement July 12 in response to charges being filed. Steven Martinez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Genesee Lake School employee caught in sex act in female colleague's classroom, complaint says," 13 July 2018 With not any more women on Uber’s executive leadership team than there were a year ago, how can employees expect diversity and inclusion to change? Mike Isaac, BostonGlobe.com, "At Uber, new questions arise about executive behavior," 14 July 2018 Kavanaugh's evolving views on executive power through the past three presidencies are supported by mainstream conservatives today. Richard Wolf, USA TODAY, "Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's views on executive power may stir controversy," 12 July 2018 Legal scholars and politicos have also been scrutinizing Kavanaugh’s expansive interpretation of executive powers. Brian Bennett, Time, "How Brett Kavanaugh Could Change the Supreme Court—and America," 12 July 2018 With not any more women on Uber’s executive leadership team than there were a year ago, how can employees expect diversity and inclusion to change? Mike Isaac, BostonGlobe.com, "At Uber, new questions arise about executive behavior," 14 July 2018 The iCan Bike camp is part of the county executive’s initiative to increase recreational opportunities for citizens with disabilities. The Aegis, "Harford concludes another successful iCan Bike Camp," 13 July 2018 Deceptive practice An employee of a business in the 1300 block of Patriot Boulevard reported receiving a call July 6 from a person claiming to be an executive requesting payment for an audit. Alexandra Kukulka, chicagotribune.com, "Blotter: 16-year-old without valid license left accident scene in Glenview," 13 July 2018 With not any more women on Uber’s executive leadership team than there were a year ago, how can employees expect diversity and inclusion to change? New York Times, "At Uber, New Questions Arise About Executive Behavior," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Anyone can suggest a company — employees, customers, executives. baltimoresun.com, "Deadline extended for nominations for the Top Workplaces in the Baltimore region," 14 July 2018 Sugar, a series executive produced by Maroon 5’s Adam Levine, will debut on YouTube Premium on Aug. 15. Melinda Newman, Billboard, "Maroon 5, Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson Set to Star in New YouTube Series 'Sugar,' Exec Produced By Adam Levine: Exclusive," 13 July 2018 Since Mas, executive of the infrastructure firm MasTec, and brother Jose joined Beckham following his failed attempt to buy the Miami Marlins, the group has turned attention elsewhere to build the soccer stadium. Craig Davis, Sun-Sentinel.com, "David Beckham, Jorge Mas encounter opposition in latest bid for Miami MLS stadium," 13 July 2018 The suit names UConn President Susan Herbst and six other UConn officials, as well as three employees of the Office of State Ethics, including its executive director, Carol Carson. Matthew Kauffman, courant.com, "Former UConn Diversity Officer Alleges Racial Discrimination," 13 July 2018 Demand Justice, which acts as a kind of Democratic counterpart to Judicial Crisis Network, expects to spend more than $5 million on advertising, said its executive director, Brian Fallon. Sheryl Gay Stolberg And Jonathan Martin, BostonGlobe.com, "Conservative and liberal groups gird for battle over Kavanaugh," 11 July 2018 Prepa’s executive director during the storm, Ricardo Ramos, resigned after irregularities emerged in how the Whitefish deal was awarded and priced, and his successor stepped aside to make way for Mr. Higgins. Andrew Scurria, WSJ, "Puerto Rico Power Utility CEO Resigns After Less Than Four Months on Job," 11 July 2018 Attempts to reach the Waukegan Housing Authority's executive director were unsuccessful. Emily K. Coleman, Lake County News-Sun, "Petition calls for Waukegan mayor to restart talks with South Sheridan Road developer," 3 July 2018 Pictured from left to right are Healing Meals Community Project co-founder and associate director Ellen Palmer, client manager Emily Safino, founder and executive director Sarah Leathers, and business manager Ellen Deutsch. Courant Community, "Community News For The Valley Edition," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of executive

Adjective

1649, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1774, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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executive

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

Kids Definition of executive

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

executive

noun

Kids Definition of executive (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a person who manages or directs a sales executive

2 : the executive branch of a government

executive

adjective
ex·ec·u·tive

Legal Definition of executive 

(Entry 1 of 2)

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 — see also administrative — compare judicial, legislative

2a : of or relating to execution

b : having administrative or managerial responsibility an executive director

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

executive

noun

Legal Definition of executive (Entry 2 of 2)

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 : a person who exercises administrative or managerial control

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