executive order

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.

Nearby words

  1. executive director,
  2. executive function,
  3. executive mansion,
  4. executive office of the president,
  5. executive officer,
  6. executive privilege,
  7. executive secretary,
  8. executive session,
  9. executively,
  10. executor

Origin of executive order

An Americanism dating back to 1880–85

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