noun (often initial capital letters)
an order having the force of law issued by the president of the U.S. to the army, navy, or other part of the executive branch of the government.
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- executive director,
- executive function,
- executive mansion,
- executive office of the president,
- executive officer,
- executive privilege,
- executive secretary,
- executive session,
Origin of executive order
An Americanism dating back to 1880–85
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