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elective

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adjective elec·tive \i-ˈlek-tiv\

Definition of elective

  1. 1 a :  chosen or filled by popular election <an elective official> b :  of or relating to election c :  based on the right or principle of election <the presidency is an elective office>

  2. 2 a :  permitting a choice :  optional <an elective course in school> b :  beneficial to the patient but not essential for survival <elective surgery>

  3. 3 a :  tending to operate on one substance rather than another <elective absorption> b :  favorably inclined to one more than to another :  sympathetic <an elective affinity>

elec·tive·ly adverb
elec·tive·ness noun


Examples of elective

  1. He's never held an elective office.

  2. Plastic surgery is elective surgery.

  3. She took three elective courses last term.



Circa 1531

First Known Use of elective

circa 1531


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elective

noun elec·tive

Simple Definition of elective

  • : a class that is not required in a particular course of study

Full Definition of elective

  1. :  an elective course or subject

Examples of elective

  1. She's taking several electives this year.



1850

First Known Use of elective

1850


ELECTIVE Defined for Kids

elective

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adjective elec·tive \i-ˈlek-tiv\

Definition of elective

  1. :  chosen or filled by election <an elective official> <an elective position>




Medical Dictionary

elective

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adjective elec·tive \i-ˈlek-tiv\

Medical Definition of elective

  1. :  beneficial to the patient but not essential for survival <an elective appendectomy>





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