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executive adj

1 : of or relating to the execution or carrying out of laws [serving a warrant is an function]
: belonging to the branch of government that is charged with such powers as diplomatic representation, overseeing the execution of laws, and appointment of officials see also administrative Article II of the Constitution in the back matter compare judicial, legislative
2 a : of or relating to execution
b : having administrative or managerial responsibility [an director]
3 : of, relating to, or issued by an executive [an pardon]
n 1 a : the executive branch of a government compare judiciary, legislature
b : the person or persons making up that branch see also governor, mayor, president
2 : a person who exercises administrative or managerial control

Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.

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