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directive British & World English

An official or authoritative instruction

directive English Thesaurus

an EC directive on drinking water

prime directive British & World English

A chief objective, goal, or requirement; a guiding principle (in later use popularized especially by the U.S. science fiction television series Star Trek as a law prohibiting interference with less developed planets and cultures).

advance directive British & World English

A living will which gives durable power of attorney to a surrogate decision-maker, remaining in effect during the incompetency of the person making it

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