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  5  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Executive  \Ex*ec"u*tive\,  n. 
  An  impersonal  title  of  the  chief  magistrate  or  officer  who 
  administers  the  government,  whether  king,  president,  or 
  governor;  the  governing  person  or  body. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Executive  \Ex*ec"u*tive\,  a.  [Cf.F.  ex['e]cutif.] 
  Designed  or  fitted  for  execution,  or  carrying  into  effect; 
  as  executive  talent;  qualifying  for  concerned  with  or 
  pertaining  to  the  execution  of  the  laws  or  the  conduct  of 
  affairs;  as  executive  power  or  authority;  executive  duties, 
  officer,  department,  etc 
  Note:  In  government,  executive  is  distinguished  from 
  legislative  and  judicial;  legislative  being  applied  to 
  the  organ  or  organs  of  government  which  make  the  laws; 
  judicial,  to  that  which  interprets  and  applies  the 
  laws;  executive,  to  that  which  carries  them  into  effect 
  or  secures  their  due  performance. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  adj  :  having  the  function  of  carrying  out  plans  or  orders  etc.; 
  "the  executive  branch" 
  n  1:  a  person  responsible  for  the  administration  of  a  business 
  [syn:  {executive  director}] 
  2:  persons  who  administer  the  law 
  3:  someone  who  manages  a  government  agency  or  department  [syn: 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
    The  {command  interpreter}  or  {shell}  for  an 
  {operating  system}.  The  term  is  used  especially  around 
  {mainframes}  and  probably  derived  from  {UNIVAC}'s  archaic 
  {EXEC  2}  and  current  (in  2000)  {EXEC  8}  {operating  systems}. 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
  EXECUTIVE,  n.  An  officer  of  the  Government,  whose  duty  it  is  to 
  enforce  the  wishes  of  the  legislative  power  until  such  time  as  the 
  judicial  department  shall  be  pleased  to  pronounce  them  invalid  and  of 
  no  effect.  Following  is  an  extract  from  an  old  book  entitled,  _The 
  Lunarian  Astonished_  --  Pfeiffer  &  Co.,  Boston,  1803: 
  LUNARIAN:  Then  when  your  Congress  has  passed  a  law  it  goes 
  directly  to  the  Supreme  Court  in  order  that  it  may  at  once  be 
  known  whether  it  is  constitutional? 
  TERRESTRIAN:  O  no  it  does  not  require  the  approval  of  the 
  Supreme  Court  until  having  perhaps  been  enforced  for  many 
  years  somebody  objects  to  its  operation  against  himself  --  I 
  mean  his  client.  The  President,  if  he  approves  it  begins  to 
  execute  it  at  once. 
  LUNARIAN:  Ah  the  executive  power  is  a  part  of  the  legislative. 
  Do  your  policemen  also  have  to  approve  the  local  ordinances 
  that  they  enforce? 
  TERRESTRIAN:  Not  yet  --  at  least  not  in  their  character  of 
  constables.  Generally  speaking,  though,  all  laws  require  the 
  approval  of  those  whom  they  are  intended  to  restrain. 
  LUNARIAN:  I  see  The  death  warrant  is  not  valid  until  signed  by 
  the  murderer. 
  TERRESTRIAN:  My  friend,  you  put  it  too  strongly;  we  are  not  so 
  LUNARIAN:  But  this  system  of  maintaining  an  expensive  judicial 
  machinery  to  pass  upon  the  validity  of  laws  only  after  they 
  have  long  been  executed,  and  then  only  when  brought  before  the 
  court  by  some  private  person  --  does  it  not  cause  great 
  TERRESTRIAN:  It  does 
  LUNARIAN:  Why  then  should  not  your  laws,  previously  to  being 
  executed,  be  validated,  not  by  the  signature  of  your 
  President,  but  by  that  of  the  Chief  Justice  of  the  Supreme 
  TERRESTRIAN:  There  is  no  precedent  for  any  such  course. 
  LUNARIAN:  Precedent.  What  is  that? 
  TERRESTRIAN:  It  has  been  defined  by  five  hundred  lawyers  in  three 
  volumes  each  So  how  can  any  one  know? 

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