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execution definition

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This page has 8 definitions of execution in English and Middle French. Execution is a noun. Examples of how to use execution in a sentence are shown. Also define these 0 related words and terms: .

See also: exécution

English execution definition

Etymology

From Old French execution (c.1360), from Latin exsecutiō, an agent noun from exsequor (to follow out), from ex (out) + sequor (follow).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˌek.sɪˈkjuː.ʃən/
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Noun

execution (countable and uncountable, plural executions)

  1. The act, manner or style of executing (actions, maneuvers, performances).
    • 1885, John Ormsby, chapter 1, in Don QuixoteWikisource, volume 1, translation of original by Miguel de Cervantes:
      Already the poor man saw himself crowned by the might of his arm Emperor of Trebizond at least; and so, led away by the intense enjoyment he found in these pleasant fancies, he set himself forthwith to put his scheme into execution.
  2. The state of being accomplished.
    The mission's successful execution lifted the troops' morale.
  3. The act of putting to death or being put to death as a penalty, or actions so associated.
  4. (law) The carrying into effect of a court judgment, or of a will.
  5. (law) The formal process by which a contract is made valid and put into binding effect.
  6. (computing) The carrying out of an instruction, program or program segment by a computer.
    The entire machine slowed down during the execution of the virus checker.

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Middle French execution definition

Etymology

From Latin execūtiō, an agent noun from exsequor (follow out), itself from ex + sequor (follow).

Noun

execution f (plural executions)

  1. execution (act of putting to death or being put to death as a penalty, or actions so associated)

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Old French execution definition

Etymology

From Latin execūtiō, an agent noun from exsequor (follow out), itself from ex + sequor (follow).

Noun

execution f (oblique plural executions, nominative singular execution, nominative plural executions)

  1. execution (act of putting to death or being put to death as a penalty, or actions so associated)

Descendants