executive function

[ ig-zek-yuh-tiv fuhngk-shuhn ]

  1. a set of cognitive skills used to control one’s thoughts and behavior, especially the skills needed to focus on and organize tasks.

Origin of executive function

First recorded in 1920–25
  • Also ex·ec·u·tive func·tion·ing [ig-zek-yuh-tiv fuhngk-shuh-ning] /ɪgˈzɛk yə tɪv ˈfʌŋk ʃə nɪŋ/ .

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