directive

[dih-rek-tiv, dahy-]

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.

Nearby words

  1. directional derivative,
  2. directional drilling,
  3. directional microphone,
  4. directionless,
  5. directions,
  6. directly,
  7. directoire,
  8. director,
  9. director general,
  10. director of education

Origin of directive

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

Related formsself-di·rec·tive, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for directive

directive

noun

an instruction; order

adjective

tending to direct; directing
indicating direction
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Word Origin and History for directive

directive

adj.

mid-15c., from Medieval Latin directivus, from past participle stem of Latin dirigere (see direct (v.)). From 1640s as a noun.

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