Definition of appointive in US English:



North American
  • (of a job) relating to or filled by appointment rather than election.

    ‘Harris was never initially considered for high appointive office’
    • ‘First, his proposal to appoint ‘socially disadvantaged,’ voting members to local boards gives those members a second ingredient to what they already have, appointive representation.’
    • ‘In what follows, I summarize the most important documents clarifying the appointive status of the berdache as he appears in the Spanish and mestizo sources on the Spanish frontiers in these centuries.’
    • ‘Regardless of the source of appointive authority, chairs cannot lead effectively without the support of the department faculty because the majority of the work at an institution of higher education is done by the faculty.’
    • ‘The civil servants have to execute the policy decisions of their appointive superiors - at least they're supposed to.’
    • ‘The presidency would be determined by regular elections every 4 years; the two parties would have parity in all other elective and appointive offices.’
    • ‘He does not note that originally, 20 seats were to be appointive.’
    • ‘In practical terms, an impeachment would mean he could not serve in any other federal elective or appointive office.’
    • ‘He notes the steadily increasing ranks of African-American Republicans holding significant elective and appointive office.’
    • ‘What's more, the confirmation process for appointive positions - even critical national security positions - is hopelessly broken, meaning it can take years, not months, for a new administration to staff up fully.’
    • ‘And while there was a time when most administrations would at least try to find qualified candidates for sensitive appointive posts - like those involving police powers - that tradition also has gradually passed away.’
    • ‘The president, who is elected by the members of the lower house, enjoys veto powers concerning legislation as well as a wide range of appointive powers.’
    • ‘Upon completion, candidates are promoted to the appointive officer level.’
    • ‘He battled for the full reform program: to make everything, even the mayoralty, an appointive rather than an elective office.’
    • ‘Or is it like a choice appointive position, one with tons of patronage?’
    • ‘Alberta plans to transform its appointive regional boards into elected bodies, but this step has been delayed on several occasions and had not been implemented at the time of writing.’
    • ‘From a machine perspective, such jobs are far more useful than appointive positions in the executive branch.’
    • ‘It's an appointive position based on faculty recommendation and grades.’
    • ‘He is not a journalist by training, and he's never held appointive or elective office.’
    • ‘Virginia State University's Board of Visitors in August votes to dissolve the elective faculty council and replace it with an appointive university council composed of faculty, staff, administrators and students.’
    • ‘After two early appointive terms in the U.S. Senate, he won election to the Senate in 1831, serving until 1842 and again from 1849 until his death.’