a person or group of persons having administrative or supervisory authority in an organization.
the person or persons in whom the supreme executive power of a government is vested.
the executive branch of a government.
of, pertaining to, or suited for carrying out plans, duties, etc.: executive ability.
pertaining to or charged with the execution of laws and policies or the administration of public affairs: executive appointments; executive committees.
designed for, used by, or suitable for executives: an executive suite.

1400–50; late Middle English < Medieval Latin execūtīvus, equivalent to Latin execūt(us) (past participle of ex(s)equī; see execute) + -īvus -ive

executively, adverb
executiveness, noun
nonexecutive, adjective, noun
proexecutive, adjective
semiexecutive, adjective
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executive (ɪɡˈzɛkjʊtɪv)
1.  a.  a person or group responsible for the administration of a project, activity, or business
 b.  (as modifier): executive duties; an executive position
2.  a.  the branch of government responsible for carrying out laws, decrees, etc; administration
 b.  judiciary Compare legislature any administration
3.  having the function or purpose of carrying plans, orders, laws, etc, into practical effect
4.  of, relating to, or designed for an executive: the executive suite
5.  informal of the most expensive or exclusive type: executive housing; executive class

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Word Origin & History

1640s, adj., "of the branch of government that carries out the laws," from M.Fr. executif, from L. executivus, from pp. stem of exequi (see execution). The noun in this sense is from 1790. Meaning "businessman" is 1902 in Amer.Eng. Executive privilege is first attested 1940.
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Computing Dictionary

executive definition

operating system
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.

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Example sentences
My father, an executive with a consumer products company, said I should start putting on magic shows and charge for them.
To me, it seemed like a no-brainer for any executive who loves baseball.
It seemed as if everyone rejoiced at the election of our first chief executive except the man himself.
When a bill is approved by both chambers, a law is enacted and sent to the executive for its promulgation.
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