I. adjective Date: 15th century 1. serving or intended to guide, govern, or influence 2. serving to point direction; specifically directional 1b 3. of or relating to psychotherapy or counseling in which the counselor introduces information, content, or attitudes not previously expressed by the client II. noun Date: 1902 something that serves to direct, guide, and usually impel toward an action or goal; especially an authoritative instrument issued by a high-level body or official

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