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Execution literally means the carrying into effect of a prior policy or decision. In common use, it may refer to:
- Capital punishment, the act of putting a person to death, in execution of a judicial sentence of death
- A term for contract killings
- The term also refers to execution-style murder
- Extrajudicial killing, the killing of a person by governmental authorities without the sanction of any judicial proceeding or legal process
- Summary execution, the act of killing a person who is accused of a crime without benefit of a full and fair trial
- A writ of execution, ordering the enforcement of a judgment, typically by seizing and selling goods to satisfy a judgment debt.
- Execution (computing), the process in which a computer carries out instructions of a computer program.
Media and art
- Execution (novel), a fictional work by the Canadian author and war veteran Colin McDougall
- Execution (painting), a 1995 Chinese art painting
- Executions, a controversial video by Barrie Goulding
- "Execution" (The Twilight Zone), an episode of The Twilight Zone
- Execution (1968 film), a 1968 Italian film
- Execution, also known as Stark Raving Mad, a 1983 American film