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adj. Designed or fitted for execution, or carrying into effect; as, executive talent; qualifying for, concerned with, or pertaining to, the execution of the laws or the conduct of affairs; as, executive power or authority; executive duties, officer, department, etc. In government, executive is distinguished from legislative and judicial; legislative being applied to the organ or organs of government which make the laws; judicial, to that which interprets and applies the laws; executive, to that which carries them into effect or secures their due performance.


 - n. An impersonal title of the chief magistrate or officer who administers the government, whether king, president, or governor; the governing person or body. government. That power in the government which causes the laws to be executed and obeyed: it is usually confided to the hands of the chief magistrate; the president of the United States is invested with this authority under the national government; and the governor of each state has the executive power in his hands. The officer in whom is vested the executive power is also called the executive. The Constitution of the United States directs that 'the executive power shall be vested in a president ...

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