selective

adjective se·lec·tive \ sə-ˈlek-tiv \

Definition of selective

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

1625



SELECTIVE Defined for English Language Learners

selective

adjective

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

adjective se·lec·tive \ sə-ˈlek-tiv \

Definition of selective for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

selective

adjective se·lec·tive \ sə-ˈlek-tiv \

medical Definition of selective

1 :of, relating to, or characterized by selection :selecting or tending to select
2 :highly specific in activity or effect
  • selective pesticides
  • selective permeability of a plasma membrane

selectively

adverb


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