An order or instruction, especially one issued by a central authority.(noun)
Serving to direct, indicate, or guide.(adjective)
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Use "directive" in a sentence
"Following an earlier setback in March, when the term directive was initially rejected in a vote of the Council of the European Union, the proposal has again been blocked."
"She later retracted her statement and said she was mortified to have used the term "directive"."
"In other words, this directive is a carrot to reward countries who are helping to secure Iraq while encouraging more nations to send help (which makes sense)."