Definition of administrative in English:

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Pronunciation: /ədˈmɪnɪstrətɪv/


Relating to the running of a business, organization, etc. administrative problems administrative staff
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  • His tactical skill was matched by administrative and organizational ability.
  • The final part of the administrative organization is the Head of Division or Unit.
  • Further resources may be required, including administrative staff and rooms.
managerial, management, directorial, directing, executive, organizational, controlling, governmental, supervisory, regulatory
rare gubernatorial


Mid 18th century: from Latin administrativus, from administrat- 'managed', from the verb administrare (see administrate).

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