[ UK /ˌɛksɪkjˈuːʃən/ ]
[ US /ˌɛksəkˈjuʃən/ ]
NOUN
  1. the act of accomplishing some aim or executing some order
    the agency was created for the implementation of the policy
  2. (law) the completion of a legal instrument (such as a contract or deed) by signing it (and perhaps sealing and delivering it) so that it becomes legally binding and enforceable
  3. unlawful premeditated killing of a human being by a human being
  4. the act of performing; of doing something successfully; using knowledge as distinguished from merely possessing it
    they criticised his performance as mayor
    experience generally improves performance
  5. (computer science) the process of carrying out an instruction by a computer
  6. putting a condemned person to death
  7. a routine court order that attempts to enforce the judgment that has been granted to a plaintiff by authorizing a sheriff to carry it out
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How To Use execution In A Sentence

  • Burke's execution was witnessed by the novelist Sir Walter Scott, who sympathized with the general opinion that both men's wives had served as accomplices, and that the anatomists had been accessories to the murders.
  • So, she ran round and round the scaffold with the executioner striking at her, and her grey hair bedabbled with blood; and even when they held her down upon the block she moved her head about to the last, resolved to be no party to her own barbarous murder. A Child's History of England
  • A guard had dropped another large execution device they were carrying up the stairs to the raised wooden platform.
  • Thirty-six hours before his execution, Tennessee judges voted to reconsider his case.
  • In 1991, the Giants were better prepared in game plan and execution.
  • He did not witness her execution, yet he and the others are complicit in her death.
  • But I'd never ask anyone - a hangman or executioner, to do something I wouldn't do myself, nor approve of it.
  • Bush didn't use this power because he had no interest in impeding the BPP, which was infamous for rubber-stamping executions. The Texas Clemency Memos
  • But the real problem with citing thorough court review as a standard for denying clemency is that none of the 152 executions Bush approved would have landed on his desk had the cases not already passed through all the courts. The Texas Clemency Memos
  • Execution under the extraordinary procedure was not altogether different.
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