Elective attraction
Elective E*lect"ive, a. [Cf. F. ['e]lectif.] 1. Exerting the power of choice; selecting; as, an elective act. [1913 Webster]

2. Pertaining to, or consisting in, choice, or right of choosing; electoral. [1913 Webster]

The independent use of their elective franchise. --Bancroft. [1913 Webster]

3. Bestowed or passing by election; as, an elective office. [1913 Webster]

Kings of Rome were at first elective; . . . for such are the conditions of an elective kingdom. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

4. Dependent on choice; that can be refused; as, an elective college course. Opposite of {required} or {mandatory}. [1913 Webster +PJC]

{Elective affinity} or {Elective attraction} (Chem.), a tendency to unite with certain things; chemism. [1913 Webster]


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