What does directive mean?

Definitions for directive
dɪˈrɛk tɪv, daɪ-di·rec·tive

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word directive.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. directive(adj)

    a pronouncement encouraging or banning some activity

    "the boss loves to send us directives"

  2. directing, directional, directive, guiding(adj)

    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"


  1. directive(Noun)

    An instruction or guideline that indicates how to perform an action or reach a goal.

  2. directive(Noun)

    An authoritative decision from an official body, which may or may not have binding force.

  3. directive(Noun)

    A form of legislative act addressed to the Member States. The directive binds the Member State to reach certain objectives in their national legislation.

  4. directive(Adjective)

    that directs

  5. directive(Adjective)

    serving to direct, indicate, or guide.

  6. directive(Adjective)

    relating to the directive case

Webster Dictionary

  1. Directive(adj)

    having power to direct; tending to direct, guide, or govern; showing the way

    Etymology: [LL. directivus: cf. F. directif.]

  2. Directive(adj)

    able to be directed; manageable

    Etymology: [LL. directivus: cf. F. directif.]


  1. Directive

    In computer programming, a directive or pragma is a language construct that specifies how a compiler should process its input. Directives are not part of the language proper – they are not part of the grammar, and may vary from compiler to compiler – but instead function either as an in-band form of a command-line option, specifying compiler behavior, or are processed by a preprocessor. In some cases directives specify global behavior, while in other cases they only affect a local section, such as a block of programming code. In some cases, such as some C pragmas, directives are optional compiler hints, and may be ignored, but normally they are prescriptive, and must be followed. However, a directive does not perform any action in the language itself, only change the behavior of the compiler. This term could be used to refer to proprietary third party tags and commands embedded in code that result in additional executable processing that extend the existing compiler, assembler and language constructs present in the development environment. The term "directive" is also applied in a variety of ways that are similar to the term command.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. directive

    1. A military communication in which policy is established or a specific action is ordered. 2. A plan issued with a view to putting it into effect when so directed, or in the event that a stated contingency arises. 3. Broadly speaking, any communication which initiates or governs action, conduct, or procedure.

Editors Contribution

  1. directive

    A form of legislation.

    The European Union creates a large number of directives.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 8, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'directive' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3980

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'directive' in Nouns Frequency: #1670

How to pronounce directive?

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How to say directive in sign language?

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of directive in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of directive in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of directive in a Sentence

  1. Czech Interior Minister Josef Chovanec:

    We do not have a problem with the directive as a whole, but we will want to rework it so it does not amount to disarming Czech citizens.

  2. The Calvert County Health Department:

    As a result of chronic overcrowding in grocery and convenience stores, as well as some other retailers, the Health Department has acted on Governor Hogans directive to institute new policies to decrease virus transmission.

  3. Mark Pocan:

    I ’m introducing legislation that would abolish ICE and crack down on the agency’s blanket directive to target and round up individuals and families, the heartless actions of this abused agency do not represent the values of our nation and the U.S. must develop a more humane immigration system, one that treats every person with dignity and respect.

  4. Michel Sapin:

    Regulations have been put in place in France, there is a directive in Europe on this and I want to discuss this with the U.S. authorities to see how we could have the same regulations across all countries.

  5. Van Eecke:

    If you compare the GDPR with the data protection directive you can really compare it with a piece of software upgrading from 1.0 to 2.0.

Images & Illustrations of directive

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Translations for directive

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • توجيهاتArabic
  • указание, ръководещ, директива, направляващBulgarian
  • Anordnung, Richtlinie, Direktive, Anweisung, BefehlGerman
  • direktiiv, käskkiri, juhindEstonian
  • ohjaava, toimintaohje, direktiivi, johtava, direktiivinen, määräävä, ohje, määräysFinnish
  • directive, directifFrench
  • treoirIrish
  • 指示Japanese
  • richtlijn, instructie, wijzendDutch
  • dyrektywaPolish
  • directivaPortuguese
  • директива, указ, направлять, руководить, указаниеRussian
  • smernicaSerbo-Croatian
  • ہدایاتUrdu

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