a person or group of persons having administrative or supervisory authority in an organization.
the person or persons in whom the supreme executive power of a government is vested.
the executive branch of a government.
of, relating to, or suited for carrying out plans, duties, etc.: executive ability.
pertaining to or charged with the execution of laws and policies or the administration of public affairs: executive appointments; executive committees.
designed for, used by, or suitable for executives: an executive suite.
- ex·ec·u·tive·ly, adverb
- ex·ec·u·tive·ness, noun
- non·ex·ec·u·tive, adjective, noun
- pro·ex·ec·u·tive, adjective
- sem·i·ex·ec·u·tive, adjective
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How to use executive in a sentence
In autocratic societies the cohesive force exists in traditions or can at any moment be generated executively.The Psychology of Nations | G.E. Partridge
A monarchic form may be executively more efficient than a democratic form; a despotic form may be more efficient than either.The Holy Earth | L. H. Bailey
Nor excommunicate by sentence (but only executively agree to avoid the notoriously impenitent).A Christian Directory | Baxter Richard
Politics, to be executively right, must have a unity of means and time, and a defect in either overthrows the whole.The Writings of Thomas Paine, Vol. I | Thomas Paine
When old Bulow died the business was incorporated by the heirs, and then this fellow shows up with a big say, executively.Fighting Byng | A. Stone
British Dictionary definitions for executive
having the function or purpose of carrying plans, orders, laws, etc, into practical effect
of, relating to, or designed for an executive: the executive suite
informal of the most expensive or exclusive type: executive housing; executive class
- executively, adverb
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