From Middle French directif. The noun senses are from French directive (feminine form of the adjective).
directive (not comparable)
- That which directs; serving to direct, indicate, or guide.
- 2002, Colin Gray, Enterprise and Culture, page 54:
- A directive management style is stronger among owners with 'lifestyle' as a business objective than among those with business/economic objectives.
- (grammar) Relating to the directive case.
that directs; serving to direct, indicate, or guide
grammar: relating to directive case
directive (plural directives)
- An instruction or guideline that indicates how to perform an action or reach a goal.
- (programming) A construct in source code that indicates how it should be processed but is not necessarily part of the program to be run.
- An authoritative decision from an official body, which may or may not have binding force.
- (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.
- (grammar) The directive case.
instruction or guideline
form of legislative act addressed to the EU member states
grammar: directive case
directive f (plural directives)
- directive, general instructions, guideline
- → Portuguese: diretiva
- “directive”, in Trésor de la langue française informatisé [Digitized Treasury of the French Language], 2012.