executive

executively, adv.executiveness, n.
/ig zek"yeuh tiv/, n.
1. a person or group of persons having administrative or supervisory authority in an organization.
2. the person or persons in whom the supreme executive power of a government is vested.
3. the executive branch of a government.
adj.
4. of, pertaining to, or suited for carrying out plans, duties, etc.: executive ability.
5. pertaining to or charged with the execution of laws and policies or the administration of public affairs: executive appointments; executive committees.
6. designed for, used by, or suitable for executives: an executive suite.
[1400-50; late ME < ML executivus, equiv. to L execut(us) (ptp. of ex(s)equi; see EXECUTE) + -ivus -IVE]

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In politics, a person or persons constituting the branch of government charged with executing or carrying out the laws and appointing officials, formulating and instituting foreign policy, and providing diplomatic representation.

In the U.S., a system of checks and balances keeps the power of the executive more or less equal to that of the judiciary and the legislature. See also mayor, president, prime minister.

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