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directive

[ dih-rek-tiv, dahy- ]
/ dɪˈrɛk tɪv, daɪ- /
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adjective

serving to direct; directing: a directive board.
Psychology. pertaining to a type of psychotherapy in which the therapist actively offers advice and information rather than dealing only with information supplied by the patient.

noun

an authoritative instruction or direction; specific order: a new directive by the president on foreign aid.

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Origin of directive

First recorded in 1425–75; late Middle English word from Medieval Latin word dīrēctīvus.See direct, -ive

OTHER WORDS FROM directive

self-di·rec·tive, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for directive

directive
/ (dɪˈrɛktɪv, daɪ-) /

noun

an instruction; order

adjective

tending to direct; directing
indicating direction
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