What does executive order mean?

Definitions for executive order

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word executive order.


  1. executive order(Noun)

    A legally enforceable order, decree, or regulation issued on the authority of the head of the executive branch of government.


  1. Executive order

    United States Presidents issue executive orders to help officers and agencies of the executive branch manage the operations within the federal government itself. Executive orders have the full force of law, since issuances are typically made in pursuance of certain Acts of Congress, some of which specifically delegate to the President some degree of discretionary power, or are believed to take authority from a power granted directly to the Executive by the Constitution. However, these perceived justifications cited by Presidents when authoring Executive Orders have come under criticism for exceeding executive authority; at various times throughout U.S. history, challenges to the legal validity or justification for an order have resulted in legal proceedings. In other countries, similar edicts may be known as decrees, or orders in council.

Editors Contribution

  1. executive order

    In U.S. law and legislation it is a legal rule or order created and issued by the president of the united states of America to an executive branch of the government that is based on and is compliant with the U.S. constitution, U.S. human rights legislation, the universal declaration of human rights, rule of law, justice, fairness, equality and data, evidence, facts and research where necessary and vital as part of the rule or order.

    Various presidents of the United States of America have created and issued executive orders.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of executive order in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of executive order in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Greg Abbott:

    Texas is uniquely qualified to challenge the president's executive order.

  2. George Pataki:

    I defeated Mario Cuomo, and the first day in office, my first executive order, I revoked every one of the executive orders that Mario Cuomo had enacted over the past twelve years. I would do that to Barack Obama's executive orders.

  3. Stephen Miller:

    Fundamentally, you're still going to have the same basic policy outcome for the country, these plainly-worded statements, made in the months leading up to and contemporaneous with the signing of the Executive Order, and, in many cases, made by the Executive himself, betray the Executive Order's stated secular purpose.

  4. Dan Cantor:

    President Trump signed President Trump second attempt at a Muslim Ban this morning, behind closed doors, admitting that President Trump first order was completely indefensible, the same goes for this one. We call on all elected officials to use every tool in their arsenal to stop this misguided and malignant executive order.

  5. Blase Cupich:

    My concern would be that we would have a policy and procedure that would have a confidentiality provision because if people come out of the shadows and sign up and give their names and information, they want to make sure that that is going to be protected in the future should the executive order change by another administration.

Images & Illustrations of executive order

Translations for executive order

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for executive order »


Find a translation for the executive order definition in other languages:

Select another language:

Discuss these executive order definitions with the community:

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:     


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"executive order." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2017. Web. 24 Apr. 2017. <http://www.definitions.net/definition/executive order>.

Are we missing a good definition for executive order? Don't keep it to yourself...

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for executive order:

Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.