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selective

adjective se·lec·tive \sə-ˈlek-tiv\

: careful to choose only the best people or things

: involving the selection of people or things from a group

Full Definition of SELECTIVE

1
:  of, relating to, or characterized by selection :  selecting or tending to select
2
:  highly specific in activity or effect <selective pesticides> <selective absorption>
se·lec·tive·ly adverb
se·lec·tive·ness noun
se·lec·tiv·i·ty \sə-ˌlek-ˈti-və-tē, ˌsē-\ noun

Examples of SELECTIVE

  1. The club is selective in choosing members.
  2. The college has a highly selective admissions process.

First Known Use of SELECTIVE

1625
SELECTIVENESSES Defined for Kids

selective

adjective se·lec·tive \sə-ˈlek-tiv\

Definition of SELECTIVE for Kids

:  careful to choose or include only the best or most suitable individuals <a selective college>
Medical Dictionary

selective

adjective se·lec·tive \sə-ˈlek-tiv\

Medical Definition of SELECTIVE

1
:  of, relating to, or characterized by selection :  selecting or tending to select
2
:  highly specific in activity or effect <selective pesticides> <selective permeability of a plasma membrane>
se·lec·tive·ly adverb

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