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
Following an earlier setback in March, when the term directive was initially rejected in a vote of the Council of the European Union, the proposal has again been blocked.
She later retracted her statement and said she was mortified to have used the term "directive".
In other words, this directive is a carrot to reward countries who are helping to secure Iraq while encouraging more nations to send help (which makes sense).
This directive is a step in that direction, but legislation should be passed in order to mute the objections of those who oppose gay marriage.
Officials say the directive is a matter of safety, not censorship.
The text of this directive is available online here in PDF format: Link.
Perry said that he favored continued construction of Jewish settlements on the West Bank and that as a Christian he had what he described as a "directive" to protect and support Israel.
For their part, the Philadelphia Police Department argues that it violates what they call directive 78, part of their uniform policy, which states in detail the uniform that is to be worn.
Unfortunately the Replicators are a cliched machine intelligence whose only apparent directive is to, well, replicate and they do so by destroying everything in their path, including their creators.
The new directive is to get upfield in a hurry, a switch that could help a pair of former first-round picks who have not met advance billing: tackle Adam Carriker and end Chris Long.