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Definition of Directive


  1. Having power to direct; tending to direct, guide, or govern; showing the way.
  2. Able to be directed; manageable.

Directive Quotations

Columbus did not seek a new route to the Indies in response to a majority directive.
Milton Friedman

I thought foolishly that Freudian psychoanalysis was deeper and more intensive than other, more directive forms of therapy, so I was trained in it and practiced it.
Albert Ellis

The earth is the Lord's fullness thereof: this is no longer a hollow dictum of religion, but a directive for economic action toward human brotherhood.
Lewis Mumford

Every state in America has an end of life directive or durable power of attorney provision. For the peace of mind of your children and your spouse as well as the comfort of knowing the government won't make these decisions, it's a very popular thing. Just not everybody's aware of it.
Johnny Isakson

I often think that the prime directive for me as a teacher of writing is akin to that for a physician, which is this: do no harm.
Chang-Rae Lee
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Directive Translations

directive in French is assignation
directive in German is Anweisung {f}
directive in Italian is vaglia
directive in Spanish is asignacion, directriz
directive in Swedish is anvisning
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