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directive

[dih-rek-tiv, dahy-] /dɪˈrɛk tɪv, daɪ-/
adjective
1.
serving to direct; directing:
a directive board.
2.
Psychology. pertaining to a type of psychotherapy in which the therapist actively offers advice and information rather than dealing only with information supplied by the patient.
noun
3.
an authoritative instruction or direction; specific order:
a new directive by the president on foreign aid.
Origin of directive
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English < Medieval Latin dīrēctīvus. See direct, -ive
Related forms
self-directive, adjective
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directive

/dɪˈrɛktɪv; daɪ-/
noun
1.
an instruction; order
adjective
2.
tending to direct; directing
3.
indicating direction
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Word Origin and History for directive
adj.

mid-15c., from Medieval Latin directivus, from past participle stem of Latin dirigere (see direct (v.)). From 1640s as a noun.

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