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[ad-min-uh-strey-tiv, -struh-] /ædˈmɪn əˌstreɪ tɪv, -strə-/
pertaining to administration; executive:
administrative ability.
Origin of administrative
From the Latin word administrātīvus, dating back to 1725-35. See administrate, -ive
Related forms
administratively, adverb
nonadministrative, adjective
nonadministratively, adverb
preadministrative, adjective
subadministrative, adjective
subadministratively, adverb
unadministrative, adjective
unadministratively, adverb Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • They are long in coming to anything—these French administrative projects!

    A Nest of Spies Pierre Souvestre
  • The powers of the ordinary council are administrative rather than legislative.

    Laws Plato
  • It is not an administrative body, but an assembly of sages who are to make legislation their study.

    Laws Plato
  • This must be, they concluded, some kind of administrative measure, no doubt.

  • This assembly would nominate an administrative council of ten members.

    Bulgaria Frank Fox
Word Origin and History for administrative

1731, from Latin administrativus, from past participle stem of administrare (see administer). Related: Administratively.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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