Definitions of executive

  1. someone who manages a government agency or department
  2. having the function of carrying out plans or orders etc.; " the executive branch"
  3. persons who administer the law
  4. a person responsible for the administration of a business
  5. Designed or fitted for execution, or carrying into effect; as, executive talent; qualifying for, concerned with, or pertaining to, the execution of the laws or the conduct of affairs; as, executive power or authority; executive duties, officer, department, etc.
  6. An impersonal title of the chief magistrate or officer who administers the government, whether king, president, or governor; the governing person or body.
  7. Pertaining to the governing body; administrative; active; efficient in carrying out plans.
  8. An official, or body, charged with carrying the laws into effect; the administrative branch of a government.
  9. Having the quality of executing or performing; designed or fitted for execution or carrying into effect; as, executive power or authority, an executive officer: hence, in government, executive is used in distinction from legislative and judicial- the body that deliberates and enacts laws is legislative; the body that judges or applies the laws to particular cases is judicial; the body or person who carries the laws into effect, or superintends the enforcement of them, is executive.
  10. The officer, whether king, president, or other chief magistrate, who superintends the execution of the laws: the person or persons who administer the government: executive power or authority in government: in the U. S. the President, the governors of States, the mayors of cities, etc.
  11. Person or authority that executes the law.
  12. That executes or carries into effect.
  13. Having the power or capacity of executing; administrative.
  14. A person or body that executes the law.
  15. Executing; carrying into execution, or seeing effect given specially to a law or a docrce.
  16. The power in a State appointed to see to the execution of law.
  17. He or those who administer the government; the governing person or body.
  18. Pert. to the governing body.

Usage examples for executive

  1. It has, however, become a settled principle of British colonial policy to grant to each and every colony not only legislative power, but responsible executive government so soon as the white population of the Colony has become relatively large enough and settled enough to enable that kind of constitution to be properly worked. – Impressions of South Africa by James Bryce
  2. The Council of State was not a legislative, but an executive body. – History of Holland by George Edmundson
  3. During the ten years in which he had been in command, he was relieved of much of the executive work that had made him famous when he stood watch, but was always ready to justify his reputation as a " bucko" should friction with the crew occur past the power of his officers to cope with. – "Where Angels Fear to Tread" and Other Stories of the Sea by Morgan Robertson
  4. As most of the useful arts perfect man's executive faculties, and thus are said to improve upon, while in a certain sense they imitate nature; so the fine arts extend and exalt man's faculty of expression, or self- utterance, regarded not precisely as useful and propter aliud; but as pleasurable and propter se. – The Faith of the Millions (2nd series) by George Tyrrell
  5. As the Executive Officer went out he held the door open for the Head Nurse to pass in. – The Valley of Vision by Henry Van Dyke
  6. " I will never consent," said he, with a most laudable energy, " to hold any post, executive or representative, for one moment after I shall have discovered that I do not possess the confidence of the people; the chair must feel itself compelled, by every sentiment which, as a friend of the New- Light Democracy, it holds dear, to resign the moment it finds that it has fallen into a minority." – Quodlibet by John P. Kennedy
  7. Twelve of the Council were present, besides the executive officers. – The Esperantist, Vol. 1, No. 14 by H. Bolingbroke Mudie
  8. It was reported last night to the Executive Committee of the Circle of the Brothers that you chewed no tobacco all day yesterday. – The Hohenzollerns in America With the Bolsheviks in Berlin and other impossibilities by Stephen Leacock
  9. But more insidious and far- reaching in its constitutional effects was the practice by which the governor's executive and administrative functions were restricted. – Beginnings of the American People by Carl Lotus Becker
  10. Isadore said he would talk it over with the executive committee. – Comrade Yetta by Albert Edwards
  11. The detective paused, then added easily, " I know that her late father was very proud of her executive ability. – The Crevice by William John Burns and Isabel Ostrander
  12. There he sought the executive offices and told his story. – The White Desert by Courtney Ryley Cooper
  13. In six months he was an executive himself. – The Romance of a Great Store by Edward Hungerford
  14. The real executive consists of the ministers. – The Governments of Europe by Frederic Austin Ogg
  15. Our executive boss, who told me to lose no time, seemed kind of worried about something. – The Cattle-Baron's Daughter by Harold Bindloss
  16. The executive committee then elected was composed of the wives and sisters of Cabinet Ministers, of wives of leaders of the Opposition, and other representative ladies. – Fifty-One Years of Victorian Life by Margaret Elizabeth Leigh Child-Villiers, Countess of Jersey
  17. I may here express my disappointment at seeing that all our efforts to bring about good feeling and union between ourselves and the executive meet with nothing but contempt on the part of the latter. – Boer Politics by Yves Guyot
  18. That morning they sat at the executive table with the owner of the show, his wife and the members of Mr. Sparling's staff. – The-Circus-Boys-Across-the-Continent-or-Winning-New-Laurels-on-the-Tanbark by Darlington, Edgar B. P.
  19. " Well, Mr. Ware is a Terran Federation Executive Special Agent," Fieschi said. – Four-Day Planet by Henry Beam Piper