the act or process of executing.
the state or fact of being executed.
the infliction of capital punishment or, formerly, of any legal punishment.
the process of performing a judgment or sentence of a court: The judge stayed execution of the sentence pending appeal.
a mode or style of performance; technical skill, as in music: The pianist's execution of the sonata was consummate.
effective, usually destructive action, or the result attained by it (usually preceded by do ): The grenades did rapid execution.
Law. a judicial writ directing the enforcement of a judgment.
Computers. the act of running, or the results of having run, a program or routine, or the performance of an instruction.

1250–1300; Middle English execucioun < Latin execūtiōn- (stem of execūtiō). See executive, -ion

executional, adjective
nonexecution, noun
preexecution, noun
reexecution, noun Unabridged
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execution (ˌɛksɪˈkjuːʃən)
1.  the act or process of executing
2.  the carrying out or undergoing of a sentence of death
3.  the style or manner in which something is accomplished or performed; technique: as a pianist his execution is poor
4.  a.  the enforcement of the judgment of a court of law
 b.  the writ ordering such enforcement

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Word Origin & History

mid-14c., from O.Fr. execution, from L. executionem, agent noun from exequi/exsequi "to follow out," from ex- "out" + sequi "follow" (see sequel). Sense of "act of putting to death" is from M.E. legal phrases such as don execution of deth "carry out a sentence of death."
Literal meaning "action of carrying something into effect" is from late 14c. John McKay, coach of the woeful Tampa Bay Buccaneers (U.S. football team), when asked by a reporter what he thought of his team's execution, replied, "I think it would be a good idea." Executor and executioner were formerly used indifferently, since both are carrying out legal orders.
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