executive order

noun
Updated on: 8 Dec 2017

Definition of executive order

: regulation 2b

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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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