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administrative

[ad-min-uh-strey-tiv, -struh-]
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adjective
  1. pertaining to administration; executive: administrative ability.
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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
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Related Words for administrative

managerial, supervisory, governmental, regulatory, legislative, departmental, organizational, bureaucratic, authoritative, central, commanding, controlling, deciding, decisive, directive, executive, governing, official, presiding, ruling

Examples from the Web for administrative

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.

    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

adj.

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

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