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executive function

n.
The cognitive process that encompasses an individual's ability to organize thoughts and activities, prioritize tasks, manage time efficiently, and make decisions.

executive function

Any of the abilities to make plans and carry them out, including the organization of tasks and one's use of time, to set goals and priorities, and assess the progress one makes in meeting them. The loss of executive function (called executive dysfunction) is a common finding in patients with dementia.
See also: function
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