executive order


Definition of executive order

Examples of executive order in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

Trump said Wednesday before signing the executive orders at an event in Texas. Matthew Daly, The Seattle Times, "Trump wields presidential power on pipeline, energy projects," 14 Apr. 2019 After intense public backlash, the president signed an executive order last month that would allow families to be detained together — possibly indefinitely. Christianna Silva, Teen Vogue, "What to Know About Immigrant Family Reunification Ahead of the July 26 Deadline," 25 July 2018 Trump signed an executive order in April directing federal agencies to draw up recommendations on how to expand work requirements for low-income Americans who receive government aid. Jeff Stein And Tracy Jan, chicagotribune.com, "White House declares war on poverty 'largely over' amid push to revamp social programs," 14 July 2018 Under intense criticism, including from Republican leaders, Trump signed an executive order last month halting family separations. Elaine Ayala, San Antonio Express-News, "Unmarked vans, security fences: family reunification proceeds behind curtain of secrecy," 12 July 2018 That policy set off a fire storm of criticism across the country, with protests erupting in many U.S. cities and towns and resulting in Trump signing an executive order June 20 ending the family separations. Donna Vickroy, Daily Southtown, "Palos pediatrician back from treating kids at U.S. border says psycho-emotional stress greater than physical toll," 6 July 2018 Immigrant family separations on the border were supposed to end after President Trump issued an executive order June 20. Molly Hennessy-fiske, latimes.com, "Impact of ‘zero tolerance’ on display in Texas immigration court. One after another, asylum seekers are ordered deported," 5 July 2018 Trump eventually signed an executive order with the purpose of keeping families together. Nick Romano, EW.com, "'Families Belong Together' rallies draw celebrities to protest Trump's immigration policy," 30 June 2018 Bowing to pressure from anxious allies, President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday ending the process of separating children from families after they are detained crossing the U.S. border illegally. Brandon Rasmussen, idahostatesman, "Some Idahoans have had it with splitting immigrant families. Now, they're rallying.," 29 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'executive order.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of executive order

1862, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about executive order

Statistics for executive order

Last Updated

9 May 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for executive order

The first known use of executive order was in 1862

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for executive order

executive order


English Language Learners Definition of executive order

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

executive order


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.

Comments on executive order

What made you want to look up executive order? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


a sum of money that is sent as a payment

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Time Traveler Quiz: Which Word Came First?

  • time traveler quiz which word came first
  • Which came first?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!