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

  • adj. Of or relating to execution or administration; executive.
  • adj. In effect; operative.
  • adj. Law Intended to go into effect or having the potential of becoming effective at a future time; contingent.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or pertaining to administration or execution.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pertaining to administration, or putting the laws in force; executive.
  • adj. Designed to be executed or carried into effect in time to come, or to take effect on a future contingency

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to execution, especially to the performance of official duties; required or fitted to be carried into effect; executive.
  • In law, to be executed or carried into effect in future; containing provision for its execution or carrying into effect; intended or of such a nature as to take effect on a future contingency: as, an executory contract, devise, limitation, or remainder.

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