[ dih-rek-tiv, dahy- ]
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  1. serving to direct; directing: a directive board.

  2. 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.

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

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

Words Nearby directive Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use directive in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for directive


/ (dɪˈrɛktɪv, daɪ-) /

  1. an instruction; order

  1. tending to direct; directing

  2. indicating direction

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