Executive Ex*ec"u*tive, a. [Cf.F. ex['e]cutif.] 1. 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. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

2. of or pertaining to an executive[2] or to the group of executives within an organization; as, executive compensation increased more rapidly than wages in the 1980's; the executive suite. [PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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