how to pronounce directive


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directive is pronounced in three syllables

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An example use of directive in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… family in 2012 a directive to combat …”

meanings of directive


  1. A construct in source code that indicates how it should be processed but is not necessarily part of the program to be run.
  2. An instruction or guideline that indicates how to perform an action or reach a goal.
  3. An authoritative decision from an official body, which may or may not have binding force.
  4. The directive case.
  5. A form of legislative act addressed to the member states. The directive binds the member state to reach certain objectives in their national legislation.


  1. That directs; serving to direct, indicate, or guide.
  2. Relating to the directive case.

directive frequency in english - C2 level of CEFR

the word directive occurs in english on average 4.2 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics directive can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that directive can be often used in the following areas:

1) business and work;

2) communication, information, and media;

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