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English noun: execution

1. execution (act) putting a condemned person to death


Synonymscapital punishment, death penalty, executing


Broader (hypernym)corporal punishment


Narrower (hyponym)beheading, burning, burning, burning at the stake, crucifixion, decapitation, electrocution, hanging

2. execution (act) the act of performing; of doing something successfully; using knowledge as distinguished from merely possessing it


SamplesThey criticised his performance as mayor.
Experience generally improves performance.


Synonymscarrying into action, carrying out, performance


Broader (hypernym)action


Narrower (hyponym)linguistic performance, mechanics, mechanism, officiation, specific performance

3. execution (process) (computer science) the process of carrying out an instruction by a computer


Synonymsinstruction execution


Broader (hypernym)physical process, process


Narrower (hyponym)batch processing, concurrent execution, multiprogramming


Part meronymdata processing


Domain categorycomputer science, computing

4. execution (communication) (law) the completion of a legal instrument (such as a contract or deed) by signing it (and perhaps sealing and delivering it) so that it becomes legally binding and enforceable


Synonymsexecution of instrument


Broader (hypernym)subscription


Domain categoryjurisprudence, law

5. execution (communication) a routine court order that attempts to enforce the judgment that has been granted to a plaintiff by authorizing a sheriff to carry it out


Synonymswrit of execution


Broader (hypernym)court order


Domain categoryjurisprudence, law

6. execution (act) the act of accomplishing some aim or executing some order


SamplesThe agency was created for the implementation of the policy.


Synonymscarrying out, implementation


Broader (hypernym)enforcement

7. execution (act) unlawful premeditated killing of a human being by a human being


Synonymsmurder, slaying


Broader (hypernym)homicide


Narrower (hyponym)assassination, bloodshed, butchery, carnage, contract killing, dry-gulching, elimination, filicide, fratricide, gore, hit, infanticide, liquidation, lynching, mariticide, mass murder, massacre, parricide, regicide, shoot-down, slaughter, thuggee, tyrannicide, uxoricide









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