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elective

adjective elec·tive \ i-ˈlek-tiv \

Definition of elective

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

electively

adverb

electiveness

noun

Examples of elective in a Sentence

  1. He's never held an elective office.

  2. Plastic surgery is elective surgery.

  3. She took three elective courses last term.

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First Known Use of elective

circa 1531


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elective

noun

Definition of elective

:an elective course or subject

Examples of elective in a Sentence

  1. She's taking several electives this year.

Recent Examples of elective from the Web

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First Known Use of elective

1850


ELECTIVE Defined for English Language Learners

elective

noun

Definition of elective for English Language Learners

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


ELECTIVE Defined for Kids

elective

adjective elec·tive \ i-ˈlek-tiv \

Definition of elective for Students

:chosen or filled by election
  • an elective official
  • an elective position

Medical Dictionary

elective

adjective elec·tive \ i-ˈlek-tiv \

medical Definition of elective

:beneficial to the patient but not essential for survival
  • elective vascular surgery

Law Dictionary

elective

adjective elec·tive

legal Definition of elective

1 a :chosen 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 a :permitting a choice — compare compulsory
b :available as a choice
  • elective insurance coverage
c :beneficial to the patient but not essential for survival
  • elective surgery


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