selective

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adjective se·lec·tive \sə-ˈlek-tiv\

Definition of selective

  1. 1 :  of, relating to, or characterized by selection :  selecting or tending to select

  2. 2 :  highly specific in activity or effect selective pesticides selective absorption

selectively

adverb

selectiveness

noun

selectivity

play \sə-ˌlek-ˈti-və-tē, ˌsē-\ noun

Examples of selective in a Sentence

  1. The club is selective in choosing members.

  2. The college has a highly selective admissions process.

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First Known Use of selective

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SELECTIVE Defined for English Language Learners

selective

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adjective se·lec·tive \sə-ˈlek-tiv\

Definition of selective for English Language Learners

  • : careful to choose only the best people or things

  • : involving the selection of people or things from a group


SELECTIVE Defined for Kids

selective

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adjective se·lec·tive \sə-ˈlek-tiv\

Definition of selective for Students

  1. :  careful to choose or include only the best or most suitable individuals a selective college


Medical Dictionary

selective

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adjective se·lec·tive \sə-ˈlek-tiv\

Medical Definition of selective

  1. 1:  of, relating to, or characterized by selection :  selecting or tending to select

  2. 2:  highly specific in activity or effect selective pesticides selective permeability of a plasma membrane

selectively

adverb


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