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

  2. Directive(adj)

    able to be directed; manageable

  3. Origin: [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.

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. James Comey:

    Would you, do you take that as a directive ?

  2. Mike Pompeo:

    That's my directive from the president of the United States.

  3. Republican Governor Greg Abbott:

    Texas will sue to stop (President Barack) Obama's transgender directive to schools.

  4. Dimitris Avramopoulos:

    On the data retention directive, the European Commission does not plan to present a new legislative initiative.

  5. Martin Membery:

    Solvency II has driven some M&A activity and this may well accelerate in the lead-up to implementation of the directive.

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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