Definition of executor in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪɡˈzɛkjʊtə/
Pronunciation: /ɛɡˈzɛkjʊtə/


1 Law A person or institution appointed by a testator to carry out the terms of their will: Hugh appointed him an executor of his will the executors of the late John B. Smith
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  • Under the terms of clause 3 he must be appointed by the executors, and I propose to make orders reinstituting this procedure which the testator laid down rather than ordering an inquiry.
  • The problem in modern times usually does not arise because most testators who have infant children appoint an executor and also appoint the executor guardian.
  • He can certainly be appointed as executor of an estate by a testator who nominates him as such in a will.
2A person who produces something or puts something into effect: the makers and executors of policy
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  • However, it should be noted the sample population was quite small and was skewed toward installation commanders, the executors of current outsourcing policies.
  • But Moscow didn't want to discover the executor of the contract, being afraid that the USA would apply sanctions against RPSAM.
  • But a dangerous paradox arose between segregation as a comprehensive state policy of social engineering and its likely executors in the local setting.



Pronunciation: /ɪɡzɛkjʊˈtɔːrɪəl/ Pronunciation: /ɛɡzɛkjʊˈtɔːrɪəl/
adjective ( rare)
Example sentences
  • The broker merely serves an executorial role and usually sides with management.


Example sentences
  • Jerome declined the executorship; Stockebrand gave up her executorship in 1996 as part of an agreement with the estate.
  • It is a legal structure that has been designed to accomplish several desirable goals, two of which are to avoid executorship and paying estate duty.


Pronunciation: /ɪɡˈzɛkjʊt(ə)ri/
Pronunciation: /ɛɡˈzɛkjʊt(ə)ri/
Example sentences
  • The question whether an executory contract is enforceable is quite different from the question whether assets of which there has been a ‘knowing receipt’ are recoverable from the recipient.
  • Where a contract has once come into existence, even the expression ‘to be agreed’ in relation to future executory obligations is not necessarily fatal to its continued existence.
  • In seeing whether there is an implied provision for its solution, however, there is a difference between an arrangement which is wholly executory on both sides, and one which has been executed on one side or the other.


Middle English: via Anglo-Norman French from Latin execut- 'carried out', from exsequi (see execute).

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