Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An order or instruction, especially one issued by a central authority.
  • adj. Serving to direct, indicate, or guide.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An instruction or guideline that indicates how to perform an action or reach a goal.
  • n. An authoritative decision from an official body, which may or may not have binding force.
  • n. A form of legislative act addressed to the Member States. The directive binds the Member State to reach certain objectives in their national legislation.
  • n. The directive case.
  • adj. that directs
  • adj. serving to direct, indicate, or guide.
  • adj. relating to the directive case

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having the power of directing; causing to take or occupy a certain direction.
  • Pointing out the proper direction; guiding; prescribing; indicating.
  • Capable of being directed, managed, or handled.
  • Dealing with direction: as, directive algebra.
  • n. In grammar, a syntactic case expressing direction toward an object: also called transitional.
  • n. In a sea-anemone or coral polyp, a mesentery which forms one of the boundaries of the intermesenteric space at one of the poles of the principal axis.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. showing the way by conducting or leading; imposing direction on
  • n. a pronouncement encouraging or banning some activity

Etymologies

direct +‎ -ive (Wiktionary)

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