[ US /daɪˈɹɛktɪv, dɝˈɛktɪv, diˈɹɛktɪv, dɪˈɹɛktɪv/ ]
[ UK /da‍ɪɹˈɛktɪv/ ]
  1. a pronouncement encouraging or banning some activity
    the boss loves to send us directives
  1. showing the way by conducting or leading; imposing direction on
    felt his mother's directing arm around him
    the directional role of science on industrial progress
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How To Use directive In A Sentence

  • A new EU directive on maternity leave will come into force next month.
  • The State Department claims a 1980s General Services Administration directive resulted in the destruction of many passport applications and other "nonvital" passport records, including Hot Air » Top Picks
  • His primary directives are to slam the President, which is a better view black-on-black politically and hopefully cause some minority to switch parties. Steele says he has 'slimmer margin' for error
  • But FAA regulations require that if a mandatory inspection or other so-called airworthiness directive is skipped, the aircraft must be pulled out of service immediately until the work is done. Southwest Could Pay Record Fine to FAA
  • Should they too be cross-questioned by new EU thought police about their fitness to work in companies committed under countless EU directives to celebrating diversity and promoting equality?
  • attributive: -s/-l directive: -is locative: -eBy renaming the genitive case as "attributive", we make it clearer that these endings are not just restricted to mere "possessives" or "ablatives" but rather we recognize their many other usages. Liber Linteus and religious formulae, part 2
  • Excellence in defense management will not and cannot emerge by legislation or directive.
  • He drew from his pocket a sheet of folded paper and placed upon the end of his nose his famous gold 'lorgnon': "It is very trifling, one of those directives, as Monsieur de Moltke says, which serve to guide operations, a plan of action which we will modify after discussion. Cosmopolis — Complete
  • Simply implementing the Directive by means of a statutory instrument would result in yet another regime relating solely to consumer contracts.
  • The directive requires companies to keep 'metadata' on phone calls and emails for 12 months. Times, Sunday Times
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