- an authoritative instruction or direction; specific order: a new directive by the president on foreign aid.
Origin of directive
Examples from the Web for directive
The directive dates back to 1986, was kept secret and reportedly was abolished.The Ghosts of Gaza: Israel’s Soldier Suicides
October 28, 2014
Forcing them to abide by that directive through law is quite another.Will Congress Back Medical Marijuana?
May 29, 2014
Lunch ladies were reportedly in tears being forced carry out a directive that goes against the entire purpose of their work.The Schools That Starve Students to Punish Deadbeat Parents
January 30, 2014
According to a directive sent to local county health departments, navigators are not allowed to conduct outreach on their grounds.Fringe Factor: Wendy Davis Is Too Stupid to Be Governor
September 15, 2013
The government knowingly allowed the military-intelligence complex to repeatedly disregard its directive.America’s Secret Government Program to Hire Nazi War Criminals
August 2, 2013
Finally, he believed that Paul's directive was too detailed.Integration of the Armed Forces, 1940-1965
Morris J. MacGregor, Jr.
You don't have to wait for a directive, and every one of you can find some improvement that could be made.Final Weapon
Everett B. Cole
Life, therefore, cannot be an intelligent or a directive energy.The Problems of Psychical Research
The political function of the nation is both coercive and directive.Society
Henry Kalloch Rowe
The directive might also include, in some detail, the action to be taken to this end.Sound Military Decision
U.s. Naval War College
- an instruction; order
- tending to direct; directing
- indicating direction
Word Origin and History for directive
mid-15c., from Medieval Latin directivus, from past participle stem of Latin dirigere (see direct (v.)). From 1640s as a noun.