appointive appointive  /ə ˈpɔ ɪn tɪv/


  1. (adj) relating to the act of appointing
  2. (adj) subject to appointment


  1. Women, though not considered ready to vote, were permitted to hold elective and appointive office up to Secretary of State.
  2. Mike would run in place a distinct advantageand, if elected, could exert sweeping appointive powers to seed the new state offices with Republicans.
  3. The Senate, already an appointive body, would reputedly be allotted functions similar to those of a Supreme Court.


  • Georgiana Vines: Civic group once sought appointed trustee

    A spokesman for a group that in 2008 tried to get the county trustee position made appointive by the county mayor said Friday the current controversies in the office are not surprising.
    on July 20, 2013     Source: Knoxville News Sentinel


  1. "His name was Walter Mondale," Anderson said. "Fritz was appointed attorney general. He was appointed to the US Senate and he was selected to run as vice president. He was an expert on the appointive process ...... He was the one saying 'be...
    on Jan 6, 2009 By: Wendell Anderson Source:

  2. "It is time for a call to action," Kunin writes in her introduction, "for new political leadership to emerge from the women of America. The stories of the women in this book and thousands of others like them who hold elective and appointive...
    on Apr 20, 2008 By: Madeleine Kunin Source:

  3. "If you're not going to create a strong national intelligence director, with powers both appointive and over the budget, don't do it," Kean said.
    on Oct 1, 2004 By: Thomas Kean Source: Boston Globe (registration)

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