Meaning of EXECUTION in English


Pronunciation: ˌ ek-si- ' kyü-sh ə n

Function: noun

Etymology: Middle English execucion, from Anglo-French, from Latin exsecution-, exsecutio, from exsequi to execute, from ex- + sequi to follow ― more at SUE

Date: 14th century

1 : the act or process of executing : PERFORMANCE

2 : a putting to death especially as a legal penalty

3 : the process of enforcing a legal judgment (as against a debtor) also : a judicial writ directing such enforcement

4 : the act or mode or result of performance

5 archaic : effective or destructive action <his brandished steel, which smoked with bloody execution ― Shakespeare> ― usually used with do <as soon as day came, we went out to see what execution we had done ― Daniel Defoe>

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