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Definition of the noun directive

What does directive mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: directives

  1. a pronouncement encouraging or banning some activity

Alternative definition of the noun directive


  1. An instruction or guideline that indicates how to perform an action or reach a goal.
  2. An authoritative decision from an official body, which may or may not have binding force.
  3. [context: European Union law] A form of legislative act addressed to the Member States. The directive binds the Member State to reach certain objectives in their national legislation.

Definition of the adjective directive

What does directive mean as an attribute of a noun?


  1. showing the way by conducting or leading; imposing direction on

Alternative definition of the adjective directive


  1. that directs
  2. serving to direct, indicate, or guide.
  3. [grammar] relating to the directive case


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  1. Directive: A directive is a legal act of the European Union, which requires member states to achieve a particular result without dictating the means of achieving that result. It can be distinguished from regulations which are self-executing and do not require any implementing measures. Directives normally leave member states with a certain amount of leeway as to the exact rules to be adopted. Directives can be adopted by means of a variety of legislative procedures depending on their subject matter.
    • also known as European Union directive
  2. Directive: In computer programming, a directive pragma is a language construct that specifies how a compiler should process its input. Directives are not part of the language proper – they are not part of the grammar, and may vary from compiler to compiler – but instead function either as an in-band form of a command-line option, specifying compiler behavior, or are processed by a preprocessor. In some cases directives specify global behavior, while in other cases they only affect a local section, such as a block of programming code. In some cases, such as some C pragmas, directives are optional compiler hints, and may be ignored, but normally they are prescriptive, and must be followed. However, a directive does not perform any action in the language itself, but rather only a change in the behavior of the compiler.
    • also known as 編譯程式定向
  3. Directive is a means.

Phrases with Directive

  1. Prime Directive
  2. presidential directive

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Google previewRESULTS Coaching Next Steps (2016)

Leading for Growth and Change by Kathryn Kee, Karen Anderson, Vicky Dearing, Frances Shuster

Being directive means that you are in control of all the decisions.

Google previewDictionary of Water and Waste Management (2005)

by Paul G Smith

The EU Drinking Water Directive states a mandatory maximum of 0.1μg/l for any pesticide. It is a List 2 Dangerous Substance (see Dangerous Substances Directive). See chlorophenoxyacetic acids. DAF Dissolved air flotation. daily cover, ...

Google previewThe Dictionary of Homeland Security and Defense (2006)

by Margaret R. O'Leary

See also direct con- tact; directive. direct contact A mode of transmission of infection between an infected host and susceptible host. Direct contact occurs when skin or mucous surfaces touch ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Finance and Banking (2014)

by Market House Books

directive 1. An instruction to carry out certain moneymarket operations, particularly instructions given by the US Federal Reserve Open Market Committee. 2. A legislative decision by the European Union's Council ...

Google previewA Universal Alphabet, Grammar, and Language; comprising a scientific classication of the radical elements of discourse, and illustrative translations, to which is added a Dictionary of the Language (1856)

by George EDMONDS (Attorney, of London.)

Adverbs of Number Adverbs of Negation Negatives Tabular - Negatives Copulative Entitive Negatives Copulative Active Negatives Copulative Directive Entitive Negatives Copulative Directive Active Negatives Potential Adverbs ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Digital Government (2006)

by Anttiroiko, Ari-Veikko

• GSM Directive (87/372/EEC) ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Social Media and Politics (2013)

by Kerric Harvey

Presidential Policy Directive 20 was issued by President Barack Obama in October 2012 in an attempt to formulate a coherent strategy on cyber- security with a particular focus on formulating a distinction between “offensive” and “ defensive” ...

Google previewDictionary of Corporate Social Responsibility (2015)

CSR, Sustainability, Ethics and Governance by Samuel O. Idowu, Nicholas Capaldi, Matthias S. Fifka, Liangrong Zu, René Schmidpeter

Massimo Costa The 8th European Union Company Law Directive (8th EU Directive) concerning disclosure and transparency represents a regulation, valid through the European Economic Space (EES), on statutory audit of annual accounts ...

Google previewThe Federal Reserve System: An Encyclopedia (2005)

An Encyclopedia by Rik W. Hafer

ASYMMETRIC POLICY DIRECTIVE many resources were expended trying to determine what the Federal Reserve was going to do. Once the FOMC had met, Fed Watchers tried to decipher any change in the direction or emphasis of policy ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Security Management (2007)

by John Fay

An overly directive approach is apt to encourage dependence rather than self- reliance. The opportunities for a supervisor to counsel are frequent and varied. Certainly one of the earliest opportunities is when an employee first arrives on the ...

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Personally, I think that for example the chemical directive in its present form does too much damage to the chemical industry - especially the medium sized businesses - and will hurt our worldwide competitiveness. (Angela Merkel)
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The value of this 9-letter word is 15 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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