Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An order or instruction, especially one issued by an authority.
  • adjective Serving to direct, indicate, or guide.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In grammar, a syntactic case expressing direction toward an object: also called transitional.
  • noun 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.
  • 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • adjective showing the way by conducting or leading; imposing direction on
  • noun a pronouncement encouraging or banning some activity

Etymologies

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direct +‎ -ive

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