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pertaining to ; executive:
administrative ability.
Contemporary Examples

And on Tuesday, admissions director Mae Brown apologized for the goof, calling it an “administrative error.”
So, Who Got In This Year? Kathleen Kingsbury April 1, 2009

Basically, another soldier must take her place, plus the administrative overhead of transfers on both ends.
Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, Not Now Ken Allard February 2, 2010

Cryptically, he added that he would like women to have more leadership roles in administrative and pastoral activities.
What About Women, Pope Francis? Janine di Giovanni July 31, 2013

By June, Kabha was again taken from his home in Jenin and placed in administrative detention.
The Administrative Detentions of Wasfi Kabha Rachel Cohen June 17, 2013

By that autumn, a cabinet member’s administrative order erased the pre-war boundaries from Israel’s maps.
Israel Needs a Palestinian State Gershom Gorenberg September 18, 2011

Historical Examples

The Southern Rhodesia administrative account showed a surplus revenue of 17,125l.
The Annual Register 1914 Anonymous

The powers of the ordinary council are administrative rather than legislative.
Laws Plato

He was the responsible head in the judicial, administrative, and military spheres.
The Audiencia in the Spanish Colonies Charles Henry Cunningham

This assembly would nominate an administrative council of ten members.
Bulgaria Frank Fox

It was mapped out into administrative divisions, and those divisions were administered according to a general law.
The Chief Periods of European History Edward A. Freeman


1731, from Latin administrativus, from past participle stem of administrare (see administer). Related: Administratively.


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