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executive order

noun, (often initial capital letters)
1.
an order having the force of law issued by the president of the U.S. to the army, navy, or other part of the executive branch of the government.
Origin
1880-1885
1880-85, Americanism
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  • All of this could be done, conceivably, by executive order.
  • The president then signed his latest executive order.
  • Instead, he signed an executive order that he said embodies the original legislation.

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