elective

See also: élective

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

elect +‎ -ive

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ɪˈlɛktɪv/
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  • Rhymes: -ɛktɪv

AdjectiveEdit

elective (comparative more elective, superlative most elective)

  1. Of, or pertaining to voting or elections; involving a choice between options.
    Synonym: electoral
    • 1834-1874', George Bancroft, History of the United States of America, from the Discovery of the American Continent
      the independent use of their elective franchise
    • 1697, “(please specify the book number)”, in John Dryden, transl., The Works of Virgil: Containing His Pastorals, Georgics, and Æneis. [], London: Printed for Jacob Tonson, [], OCLC 403869432:
      Kings of Rome were at first elective []
  2. Optional or discretionary; chosen, not mandatory.
    My insurance wouldn't pay for the operation because it was elective surgery.
    • 2019, Dave Eggers, The Parade, Vintage Books N.Y., p. 130
      Now some adventuring imbecile had acquired an elective sickness and was paying its price.

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elective (plural electives)

  1. Something that is an option or that may be elected, like a course of tertiary study or a medical procedure.

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