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executive branch

noun
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the branch of government charged with the execution and enforcement of laws and policies and the administration of public affairs; the executive.
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  • The governor is the highest official in the executive branch of government.
  • It's sad that the executive branch has embraced them.
  • The executive branch enforces those laws while the judicial branch tries those accused of breaking the law.
  • They also set a precedent for granting emergency powers to the executive branch which remains a troubling legacy today.
  • The executive branch resisted these demands of voters and politicians.
  • And even on a micro level the executive branch has failed.
  • He can direct lobbying activities behind the scenes and contact officials in the executive branch.
  • To-day the executive branch of the government is transferred to new keeping.
  • Treason in the executive branch of the government was estopped.
  • Californians, in fact, insist on this sort of confusion in their entire executive branch.
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executive branch definition


The branch of federal and state government that is broadly responsible for implementing, supporting, and enforcing the laws made by the legislative branch and interpreted by the judicial branch. At the state level, the executive includes governors and their staffs. At the federal level, the executive includes the president, the vice president, staffs of appointed advisers (including the cabinet), and a variety of departments and agencies, such as the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the Postal Service (see postmaster general). The executive branch also proposes a great deal of legislation to Congress and appoints federal judges, including justices of the Supreme Court. Although the executive branch guides the nation's domestic and foreign policies, the system of checks and balances works to limit its power.

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