Definition of directive adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//dəˈrektɪv//
; NAmE NAmE//dəˈrektɪv//
; BrE BrE//ˈrektɪv//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈrektɪv//
; BrE BrE//daɪˈrektɪv//
; NAmE NAmE//daɪˈrektɪv//
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(formal) giving instructions They are seeking a central, directive role in national energy policy. Word Originlate Middle English (as an adjective): from medieval Latin directivus, from direct- ‘guided, put straight’, from the verb dirigere, from di- ‘distinctly’ or de- ‘down’ + regere ‘put straight’.
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