- serving to direct; directing: a directive board.
- Psychology. pertaining to a type of psychotherapy in which the therapist actively offers advice and information rather than dealing only with information supplied by the patient.
- an authoritative instruction or direction; specific order: a new directive by the president on foreign aid.
- an instruction; order
- tending to direct; directing
- indicating direction
adj.mid-15c., from Medieval Latin directivus, from past participle stem of Latin dirigere (see direct (v.)). From 1640s as a noun.