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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ad-min-uh-strey-tiv, -struh-]
    • /ædˈmɪn əˌstreɪ tɪv, -strə-/
    • /ədˈmɪn.ɪ.strə.tɪv/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ad-min-uh-strey-tiv, -struh-]
    • /ædˈmɪn əˌstreɪ tɪv, -strə-/

Definitions of administrative word

  • adjective administrative Administrative work involves organizing and supervising an organization or institution. 3
  • adjective administrative of or connected with administration; executive 3
  • adjective administrative pertaining to administration; executive: administrative ability. 1
  • noun administrative Of or relating to the running of a business, organization, etc. 1
  • adjective administrative from administration 1
  • adjective administrative clerical 1

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Origin of administrative

First appearance:

before 1725
One of the 49% newest English words
From the Latin word administrātīvus, dating back to 1725-35. See administrate, -ive

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Parts of speech for Administrative


administrative popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 75% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for administrative

adj administrative

  • managerial — pertaining to management or a manager: managerial functions; the managerial class of society.
  • supervisory — of, relating to, or having supervision.
  • governmental — the political direction and control exercised over the actions of the members, citizens, or inhabitants of communities, societies, and states; direction of the affairs of a state, community, etc.; political administration: Government is necessary to the existence of civilized society.
  • regulatory — to control or direct by a rule, principle, method, etc.: to regulate household expenses.
  • authoritative — Someone or something that is authoritative gives an impression of power and importance and is likely to be obeyed.

adjective administrative

  • clerical — Clerical jobs, skills, and workers are concerned with work that is done in an office.
  • secretarial — noting, of, or pertaining to a secretary or a secretary's skills and work: a secretarial school.

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