[ ig-zek-yuh-tiv ]
/ ɪgˈzɛk yə tɪv /
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a person or group of persons having administrative or supervisory authority in an organization.
the person or persons in whom the supreme executive power of a government is vested.
the executive branch of a government.


of, relating to, or suited for carrying out plans, duties, etc.: executive ability.
pertaining to or charged with the execution of laws and policies or the administration of public affairs: executive appointments; executive committees.
designed for, used by, or suitable for executives: an executive suite.



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Origin of executive

1400–50; late Middle English <Medieval Latin execūtīvus, equivalent to Latin execūt(us) (past participle of ex(s)equī;see execute) + -īvus-ive
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British Dictionary definitions for executive

/ (ɪɡˈzɛkjʊtɪv) /


  1. a person or group responsible for the administration of a project, activity, or business
  2. (as modifier)executive duties; an executive position
  1. the branch of government responsible for carrying out laws, decrees, etc; administration
  2. any administrationCompare judiciary, legislature


having the function or purpose of carrying plans, orders, laws, etc, into practical effect
of, relating to, or designed for an executivethe executive suite
informal of the most expensive or exclusive typeexecutive housing; executive class
executively, adverb
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