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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
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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  • Neither the president nor the vice president is mentioned in the new directive as being part of the chain of command.
  • Management would never act against their own financial interests without a strict directive from the regulatory agency.
  • Followed your directive and found no zero propaganda in the comments section.
  • He fulfilled the actor's prime directive, to keep busy.
  • The investment-services directive, a particularly unsatisfactory piece of legislation, is being rewritten.
  • And this may be true: there probably isn't a formal directive.
  • Any letters that reference the canceled directive will be revised or withdrawn, as appropriate.
British Dictionary definitions for directive

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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