ex·​ec·​u·​to·​ry | \ ig-ˈze-k(y)ə-ˌtȯr-ē How to pronounce executory (audio) \

Definition of executory

1 : designed or of such a nature as to be executed in time to come or to take effect on a future contingency
2 : relating to administration

Examples of executory in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As a test case, Spyglass sued Silver Linings Playbook producer Bruce Cohen and sought a determination that his contract was not executory, meaning that obligations under the deal had been substantially performed. Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, 20 Mar. 2020 Spyglass anticipated that the resolution of this dispute would aid in determining the executory nature of similar contracts. Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, 20 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of executory

1592, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Executory.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/executory. Accessed 18 Jan. 2022.

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ex·​ec·​u·​to·​ry | \ ig-ˈze-kyə-ˌtōr-ē How to pronounce executory (audio) \

Legal Definition of executory

: designed or of such a nature as to be performed in the future or to take effect on a future contingency cancellation of the executory portion of the contract— J. J. White and R. S. Summers — compare contingent


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