- 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.
Origin of executive
Examples from the Web for executively
Executively he is responsible and he is backed by his naval associates.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I
When old Bulow died the business was incorporated by the heirs, and then this fellow shows up with a big say, executively.Fighting Byng
Politics, to be executively right, must have a unity of means and time, and a defect in either overthrows the whole.The Writings of Thomas Paine, Vol. I
A monarchic form may be executively more efficient than a democratic form; a despotic form may be more efficient than either.The Holy Earth
L. H. Bailey
Nor excommunicate by sentence (but only executively agree to avoid the notoriously impenitent).A Christian Directory
- 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
Word Origin and History for executively
mid-15c., "performed, carried out;" 1640s, "of the branch of government that carries out the laws," from Middle French executif, from Latin executivus, from past participle stem of exequi (see execution). The noun in this sense is from 1776, as a branch of government. Meaning "businessman" is 1902 in American English. Executive privilege is attested by 1805, American English.