Definition of Executive

1. Adjective. Having the function of carrying out plans or orders etc.. "The executive branch"

Derivative terms: Execute, Execute, Execute
Partainyms: Execution

2. Noun. A person responsible for the administration of a business.

3. Noun. Persons who administer the law.

4. Noun. Someone who manages a government agency or department.

Definition of Executive

1. a. Designed or fitted for execution, or carrying into effect; as, executive talent; qualifying for, concerned with, or pertaining to, the execution of the laws or the conduct of affairs; as, executive power or authority; executive duties, officer, department, etc.

2. n. An impersonal title of the chief magistrate or officer who administers the government, whether king, president, or governor; the governing person or body.

Definition of Executive

1. Adjective. Designed or fitted for execution, or carrying into effect. ¹

2. Adjective. Of, pertaining to, or having responsibility for the day-to-day running of an organisation, business, country, etc.; as, an executive act, an executive officer, executive government. ¹

3. Noun. A title of a chief officer or administrator, especially one who can make significant decisions on her/his own authority. ¹

4. Noun. That branch of government which is responsible for enforcing laws and judicial decisions, and for the day-to-day administration of the state. ¹

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Definition of Executive

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Executive

execution of instrument
execution sale
execution speed
execution style
executional peak
executive (current term)
executive agency
executive branch
executive clemency
executive committee
executive committees
executive council
executive department
executive director
executive ego function
executive ego functions
executive mansion
executive officer
executive order
executive producer

Literary usage of Executive

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Cambridge Modern History by John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton Acton, Adolphus William Ward, George Walter Prothero, Ernest Alfred Benians (1903)
"(7) THE executive The seventh of the Randolph resolutions, as originally presented to the committee of the whole House, declared that a national executive ..."

2. Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville, Henry Reeve (1899)
"THE executive POWER/» Dependence of the President—He is elective and ... The legislators of the Union acknowledged that the executive power would be ..."

3. Convention by National Electric Light Association Convention, National Independent Meat Packers Association, University of Georgia College of Agriculture, University of Georgia Dept. of Food Science (1892)
"RECOMMENDATIONS BY executive COMMITTEE. THE PRESIDENT : This being an executive Session, it is desired that all who are not active members and all who have ..."

4. Commentaries on the Laws of England by William Blackstone, William Gardiner Hammond (1890)
"According to Montesquieu, the executive is divided into the external, by which all affairs with other states are conducted, and the internal, which, ..."

5. The American Commonwealth by James Bryce Bryce (1914)
"They think of the executive as consisting of the persons who do certain ... In finance the Legislature imposes a tax, the executive gathers it, ..."

6. The Military Laws of the United States by United States, George Breckenridge Davis (1897)
"4. Treaty making power. pointing power. AP- 1. The executive power1 shall be vested in a President The executive of the United States of America. ..."

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