[ad-min-uh-strey-tiv, -struh-]


pertaining to administration; executive: administrative ability.

Nearby words

  1. administrable,
  2. administrate,
  3. administration,
  4. administration order,
  5. administration, public,
  6. administrative assistant,
  7. administrative county,
  8. administrative law,
  9. administrative leave,
  10. administrative segregation

Origin of administrative

From the Latin word administrātīvus, dating back to 1725–35. See administrate, -ive

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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