executive order


Examples of executive order in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But again, the governor and the mayor could have signed an executive order … rescinding the sanctuary state and the sanctuary city [policies]. Emma Colton, Fox News, 9 Apr. 2024 To limit any internal opposition to his agenda, the report also calls for Trump to reimpose an executive order that Biden revoked, enabling him to fire thousands of civil servants across his administration and replace them with political appointees. Jonathan Mahler Edoardo Ballerini Emma Kehlbeck Joel Thibodeau, New York Times, 7 Apr. 2024 Additionally, last August, U.S. President Joe Biden signed an executive order to block and regulate high-tech U.S.-based investments going toward China. Fatima Hussein and Ken Moritsugu, Quartz, 6 Apr. 2024 Smoking resumed fully in July 2021, after Murphy signed an executive order. Ramishah Maruf, CNN, 5 Apr. 2024 White House iftar celebrations date back to the Clinton administration, though the tradition was interrupted by former President Donald Trump, who didn't hold one during his first year in office, after issuing an executive order banning travel from seven Muslim-majority countries. Asma Khalid, NPR, 1 Apr. 2024 She was credited in 2018 with convincing her husband to issue an executive order, which stopped his administration’s policy of separating migrant families at the southwestern border of the United States. Martha Ross, The Mercury News, 21 Mar. 2024 Walker rescinded the nomination after former President Donald Trump signed an executive order that prevented the naming of most new national marine sanctuaries in order to expand offshore drilling for oil and gas. Caitlin Looby, Journal Sentinel, 21 Mar. 2024 Biden does not have the authority to determine who is eligible to vote There are no credible reports that Biden issued an executive order about voting. USA TODAY, 20 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1862, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of executive order was in 1862

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“Executive order.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/executive%20order. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

Legal Definition

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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