AskDefine | Define executive

Dictionary Definition

executive adj : having the function of carrying out plans or orders etc.; "the executive branch"


1 a person responsible for the administration of a business [syn: executive director]
2 persons who administer the law
3 someone who manages a government agency or department [syn: administrator]

User Contributed Dictionary



From executif.


  1. Designed or fitted for execution, or carrying into effect.


designed for execution


  1. A title of a chief officer or administrator, especially one who can make significant decisions on 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.


title of a chief officer or administrator
branch of government responsible for enforcing laws and judicial decisions

Extensive Definition

Executive may refer to:
executive in Asturian: Executivu
executive in Spanish: Ejecutivo
executive in Simple English: Executive

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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