facultative

adjective
fac·​ul·​ta·​tive | \ ˈfa-kəl-ˌtā-tiv How to pronounce facultative (audio) , British -tə-tiv\

Definition of facultative

1a : of or relating to the grant of permission, authority, or privilege facultative legislation
b : optional
2 : of or relating to a mental faculty
3a : taking place under some conditions but not under others facultative diapause
b : exhibiting an indicated lifestyle under some environmental conditions but not under others facultative anaerobes

Other Words from facultative

facultatively adverb

First Known Use of facultative

1820, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for facultative

borrowed from French & New Latin; French facultatif, borrowed from New Latin facultātīvus, from Medieval Latin facultāt-, facultās "ability, power, authority, privilege, right" (Latin, "ability, power") + Latin -īvus -ive — more at faculty

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facultative

adjective
fac·​ul·​ta·​tive | \ ˈfak-əl-ˌtāt-iv How to pronounce facultative (audio) \

Medical Definition of facultative

1 : taking place under some conditions but not under others facultative parasitism
2 : exhibiting an indicated lifestyle under some environmental conditions but not under others facultative anaerobes

Other Words from facultative

facultatively adverb

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