non·​elec·​tive ˌnän-i-ˈlek-tiv How to pronounce nonelective (audio)
: not elective: such as
: relating to, being, or involving an urgent medical procedure and especially surgery that is essential to the survival of the patient
a nonelective appendectomy
acute nonelective surgery
: not permitting a choice : not optional
nonelective college courses
: of, relating to, or being a fixed amount of money that is contributed by an employer to an employee's retirement account regardless of whether or how much the employee also contributes
nonelective versus matching contributions

Examples of nonelective in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Sought after for elective and nonelective post-surgical recovery, Immortelle prides itself on a holistic approach to aftercare. Elycia Rubin, The Hollywood Reporter, 25 June 2023 The owner can make both elective-deferral contributions from compensation of up to $19,500 in 2020 ($26,000 for those ages 50 and up) and employer nonelective contributions, with all contributions (except catch-up contributions of those 50 or older) totaling no more than $57,000. Dallas News, 31 May 2020 Again, in the case of these nonelective matches, employees may be given the choice of whether to make the match on a pre-tax basis or on an after-tax Roth basis. Jeanne Sahadi, CNN, 13 Feb. 2023 The first huge change for people who are still working is that employers will now be able to provide employees with the option to receive matching and nonelective contributions to a Roth account for their 401(k)/403(b)/457(b) plans. James Lange, Forbes, 24 Jan. 2023 Sometimes it can be caused by long-term contact-lens use; but more often than not, the condition is brought on by age—and can even obstruct vision in severe cases, turning an elective eye-lift procedure into a nonelective one in insurance parlance. Jancee Dunn, Vogue, 12 Mar. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1853, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nonelective was in 1853

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“Nonelective.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2023.

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