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English definition of “directive”

directive

noun [C]
 
 
/dɪˈrektɪv/
an official order or instruction: the latest European directive on working hoursa directive to do sth Under a directive to cut utility costs, one office building has installed skylights in conference rooms to reduce the need for artificial light. The new e-commerce directive should lay out better guidelines about when exactly an online contract is formed.
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