executive branch

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noun
  1. the branch of government charged with the execution and enforcement of laws and policies and the administration of public affairs; the executive.
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Related Words for executive branch

department, bureau

Examples from the Web for executive branch

Contemporary Examples of executive branch

  • Senate Democrats face a choice: pushing through AG nominee Loretta Lynch, or filling 231 executive-branch vacancies.

  • All of us, that is, except Gene Healy, who wrote the book on our executive-branch cult.

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    The Next President Won’t Save Us

    James Poulos

    December 18, 2013

  • And with regard to executive-branch appointments, it's been even worse.

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    Going Nuclear

    Michael Tomasky

    November 22, 2013

  • Reid is going to file what are called cloture motions regarding 11 executive-branch nominees.

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    Reid Awakening

    Michael Tomasky

    July 12, 2013

  • Democrats need to win five of them and secure a change in Senate rules at least with respect to executive-branch nominations.

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    Obama: Finally Ready to Fight?

    Michael Tomasky

    May 30, 2013


executive branch in Culture

executive branch

The branch of federal and state government that is broadly responsible for implementing, supporting, and enforcing the laws made by the legislative branch and interpreted by the judicial branch. At the state level, the executive includes governors and their staffs. At the federal level, the executive includes the president, the vice president, staffs of appointed advisers (including the cabinet), and a variety of departments and agencies, such as the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the Postal Service (see postmaster general). The executive branch also proposes a great deal of legislation to Congress and appoints federal judges, including justices of the Supreme Court. Although the executive branch guides the nation's domestic and foreign policies, the system of checks and balances works to limit its power.

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