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[ad-min-uh-strey-tiv, -struh-] /ædˈmɪn əˌstreɪ tɪv, -strə-/
pertaining to administration; executive:
administrative ability.
Origin of administrative
1725-35; < Latin administrātīvus. 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. 2016.
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  • The Southern Rhodesia administrative account showed a surplus revenue of 17,125l.

  • Their governors, administrative officers, and legislatures were Republican, too.

    The New Nation Frederic L. Paxson
  • He was the responsible head in the judicial, administrative, and military spheres.

    The Audiencia in the Spanish Colonies Charles Henry Cunningham
  • With regard to administrative matters, Moscow was granted a constitution.

    War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
  • It was mapped out into administrative divisions, and those divisions were administered according to a general law.

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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