Definition of directive in English:


Line breaks: dir¦ect|ive
Pronunciation: /dɪˈrɛktɪv
, dʌɪ-/



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  • Involving the management or guidance of operations: the authority is seeking a directive role in energy policy
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    • But the system only worked because the United States was prepared to play a leading and directive role.
    • Are these rights in the South African Constitution viewed in effect by the Court as directive principles?
    • The Bank of Montreal was not prepared to do so and the terms of the order were not very directive towards the Bank.


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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