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ex·ec·u·tive / igˈzekyətiv; eg-/ • adj. having the power to put plans, actions, or laws into effect: an executive chairman. ∎  relating to managing an organization or political administration and putting into effect plans, policies, or laws: the executive branch of government. Often contrasted with legislative. • n. 1. a person with senior managerial responsibility in a business organization. ∎  [as adj.] suitable or appropriate for a senior business executive: an executive jet. ∎  an executive committee or other body within an organization: the union executive. 2. (the executive) the person or branch of a government responsible for putting policies or laws into effect. DERIVATIVES: ex·ec·u·tive·ly adv.