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executive

Definition of executive

Etymology

    From Middle French executif.

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA: /ɪgˈzɛkjʊtɪv/, IPA: /ɛgˈzɛkjʊtɪv/
  • Audio (US) [?]

Adjective

executive (comparative more executive, superlative most executive)

  1. Designed or fitted for execution, or carrying into effect.
  2. Of, pertaining to, or having responsibility for for the day-to-day running of an organisation, business, country, etc.; as, an executive act, an executive officer, executive government.

Noun

executive (plural executives)

  1. A title of a chief officer or administrator, especially one who can make significant decisions on her/his own authority.
  2. That branch of government which is responsible for enforcing laws and judicial decisions, and for the day-to-day running of the state.

Related terms

  • chief executive
  • chief executive officer, CEO
  • executive director
  • executive order
  • executive producer

References:

  1. Wiktionary. Published under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.



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