executive order

noun

Definition of executive order

First Known Use of executive order

1862


EXECUTIVE ORDER Defined for English Language Learners

executive order

noun

Definition of executive order for English Language Learners

  • : an order that comes from the U.S. President or a government agency and must be obeyed like a law


Law Dictionary

executive order

noun

legal Definition of executive order

:an order issued by a government's executive on the basis of authority specifically granted to the executive branch (as by the U.S. Constitution or a congressional act)
  • the National Security Agency was created by an executive order
— compare proclamation, statute
Note: An executive order from the president does not have the force of law until it is printed in the Federal Register.

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