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Meaning of EXECUTIVE

Pronunciation:  ig'zekyutiv

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  persons who administer the law
  2. [n]  someone who manages a government agency or department
  3. [n]  a person responsible for the administration of a business
  4. [adj]  having the function of carrying out plans or orders etc.; "the executive branch"

EXECUTIVE is a 9 letter word that starts with E.


 Synonyms: administrator, executive director
 See Also: administration, authorities, brass, Bush administration, business executive, Carter administration, chief, Clinton administration, commissioner, corporate executive, decision maker, establishment, governance, governing body, government, government minister, head, minister, organisation, organization, Peter Stuyvesant, Petrus Stuyvesant, prefect, Raffles, rainmaker, Reagan administration, regime, Secretary General, Sir Thomas Raffles, Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles, Stuyvesant, surgeon general, top dog, triumvir, V.P., vice president



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Ex*ec"u*tive\, a. [Cf.F. ex['e]cutif.]
    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.
    Note: In government, executive is distinguished from
          legislative and judicial; legislative being applied to
          the organ or organs of government which make the laws;
          judicial, to that which interprets and applies the
          laws; executive, to that which carries them into effect
          or secures their due performance.
  2. \Ex*ec"u*tive\, n.
    An impersonal title of the chief magistrate or officer who
    administers the government, whether king, president, or
    governor; the governing person or body.
Computing Dictionary

The command interpreter or shell for an operating system. The term is used especially around mainframes and probably derived from univac's archaic exec 2 and current (in 2000) exec 8 operating systems.

Thesaurus Terms
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