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directive

noun

adjective

Etymology summary

late Middle English (as an adjective): from medieval Latin directivus, from...
(Source: Oxford Dictionary)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

directive | order [synonym, sense-specific] | directing [synonym, sense-specific]

an instruction; order | tending to direct; directing | indicating direction (9 of 455 words, 3 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciations)

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Wikipedia:

Directive [disambiguation]

may refer to: Directive (European Union), a legislative act of the European Union | Directive (poem), a highly-acclaimed poem by Robert Frost | Directives, used by United States Government agencies (particularly the United States Department of Defense)... (35 of 118 words, 5 definitions)

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Merriam-Webster:

directive [entry 1, adjective] | specifically [synonym, sense-specific]

serving or intended to guide, govern, or influence | serving to point direction ; specifically, "directional" [sense-specific] | of or relating to ... (20 of 55 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/directive

directive [entry 2, noun] | behest [synonym] | charge [synonym] | commandment [synonym] | decree [synonym] | dictate [synonym] | direction [synonym] | command [synonym] | do [synonym] | ...

something that serves to direct, guide, and usually impel toward an action or goal ; especially, an authoritative instrument issued by a high-level ... (23 of 117 words, 1 usage example)

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Wiktionary:

directive | directives [plural]

An instruction or guideline that indicates how to perform an action or reach a goal. | An authoritative decision from an official body, which may or may not have binding force. | [European Union law] A form of legislative act addressed to the Member ... (42 of 82 words, 7 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/directive

Oxford Dictionary:

directive

an official or authoritative instruction | involving the management or guidance of operations (12 of 70 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/directive

Random House Dictionary:

directive

serving to direct; directing. | [psychology] pertaining to a type of psychotherapy in which the therapist actively offers advice and information ... (20 of 57 words, 3 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/directive

Macmillan British Dictionary:

directive [countable] | directives [plural]

an official order (3 of 30 words, pronunciations)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/directive

American Heritage Dictionary:

directive

An order or instruction, especially one issued by a central authority. | Serving to direct, indicate, or guide. (17 of 22 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/directive

Cambridge Dictionary:

directive [formal]

an official instruction (3 of 20 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/directive

New World Dictionary:

directive

directing; tending or intended to direct | indicating direction | a general instruction or order issued authoritatively (15 of 20 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/directive

Encarta Dictionary:

directive | directives [plural] | directiveness [noun, derived]

an order or official instruction | giving explicit guidance or instructions | indicating a direction (13 of 40 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861604899​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Oxford Dictionary:

directive

Origin: late Middle English (as an adjective): from medieval Latin directivus, from direct- "guided, put straight", from the verb dirigere (see "direct")

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Online Etymology:

directive

First use: mid-15th century

Origin: (adjective); 1640s (Noun); from Medieval Latin directivus, from past participle stem of Latin dirigere (see "direct" (verb)).

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Wiktionary:

directive | directives [plural]

Origin: direct + -ive

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/directive

direct | directed [past tense] | directing [present participle] | directs [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Latin dīrectus, perfect passive participle of dīrigō ("straighten, direct"), from dis- ("asunder, in pieces, apart, in two") + regō ("make straight, rule").

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/direct

-ive

Origin: Anglo-Norman -if (feminine -ive), from Latin -ivus. Until the fourteenth century all Middle English loanwords from Anglo-Norman ended in -if (compare actif, natif, sensitif, pensif etc.), and... (27 of 61 etymology words)

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Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

directive

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "directive"

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

directive [countable] | directives [plural]

Audio 1: British English pronunciation of "directive"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "directive"

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

directive [countable] | directives [plural]

Audio 1: North American pronunciation of "directive"

Audio 2: North American pronunciation of "directive"

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Cambridge Dictionary:

directive [formal]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "directive"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "directive"

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the Free Dictionary:

directive

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "directive"

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Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "directive" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

directive | directives [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "directive"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

directive

Audio: North American pronunciation of "directive"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=direct​07 word=directive

YourDictionary Audio:

directive

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "directive" by speech synthesizer

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