non·​elec·​tive | \ ˌnän-i-ˈlek-tiv How to pronounce nonelective (audio) \

Definition of nonelective

: not elective: such as
a : 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
b : not permitting a choice : not optional nonelective college courses
c : 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 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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First Known Use of nonelective

1853, in the meaning defined above

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“Nonelective.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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