[ad-min-uh-strey-tiv, -struh-]
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Origin of administrative

From the Latin word administrātīvus, dating back to 1725–35. See administrate, -ive
Related formsad·min·is·tra·tive·ly, adverbnon·ad·min·is·tra·tive, adjectivenon·ad·min·is·tra·tive·ly, adverbpre·ad·min·is·tra·tive, adjectivesub·ad·min·is·tra·tive, adjectivesub·ad·min·is·tra·tive·ly, adverbun·ad·min·is·tra·tive, adjectiveun·ad·min·is·tra·tive·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Contemporary Examples of administrative

Historical Examples of administrative

  • 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.



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



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

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


    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