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executor

[ig-zek-yuh-ter or for 1, ek-si-kyoo-ter]
noun
  1. a person who executes, carries out, or performs some duty, job, assignment, artistic work, etc.
  2. Law. a person named in a decedent's will to carry out the provisions of that will.
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Origin of executor

1250–1300; Middle English executour < Latin execūtor, equivalent to execū(tus) (see execute) + -tor, -tor; replacing Middle English esecutor < Anglo-French essecutour < Latin, as above
Related formsex·ec·u·to·ri·al [ig-zek-yuh-tawr-ee-uh l, -tohr-] /ɪgˌzɛk yəˈtɔr i əl, -ˈtoʊr-/, adjectiveex·ec·u·tor·ship, nounpre·ex·ec·u·tor, nounsub·ex·ec·u·tor, nounun·ex·ec·u·to·ri·al, adjective
Can be confusedexecutor trustee trusty
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Examples from the Web for executorial

Historical Examples

  • He required the opinions of the Cardinals on the issue of the executorial brief.

    The Divorce of Catherine of Aragon

    J.A. Froude

  • It was friendly in the squire to give me this mass of executorial accounts to arrange.


British Dictionary definitions for executorial

executor

noun
  1. law a person appointed by a testator to carry out the wishes expressed in his will
  2. a person who executes
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Derived Formsexecutorial, adjectiveexecutorship, noun

Word Origin

C13: from Anglo-French executour, from Latin execūtor, from ex- 1 + sequi follow
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Word Origin and History for executorial

executor

n.

late 13c., from Anglo-French executour, from Latin executorem/exsecutorem, agent noun from exsequi/exsequi (see execution). Fem. form executrix is attested from late 14c.

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