- an authoritative instruction or direction; specific order: a new directive by the president on foreign aid.
Origin of directive
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- an instruction; order
- tending to direct; directing
- indicating direction
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mid-15c., from Medieval Latin directivus, from past participle stem of Latin dirigere (see direct (v.)). From 1640s as a noun.
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