elective
I. adjective Date: circa 1531 1. a. chosen or filled by popular election <
an elective official
>
b. of or relating to election c. based on the right or principle of election <
the presidency is an elective office
>
2. a. permitting a choice ; optional <
an elective course in school
>
b. beneficial to the patient but not essential for survival <
elective surgery
>
3. a. tending to operate on one substance rather than another <
elective absorption
>
b. favorably inclined to one more than to another ; sympathetic <
an elective affinity
>
electively adverbelectiveness noun II. noun Date: 1850 an elective course or subject

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

Synonyms:

Look at other dictionaries:

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • elective — elec·tive adj 1 a: chosen by popular election an elective official b: of or relating to election c: based on the right or principle of election the presidency is an elective office 2 a: permitting a choice compare …   Law dictionary

  • Elective — used as a adjective means that it is optional and chosen, for example, by election. An elective, a noun , chosen by a student means that it is an optional subject or course in a curriculum.Elective is a term used for an academic course chosen by… …   Wikipedia

  • elective — [ē lek′tiv, ilek′tiv] adj. [ME < LL electivus] 1. a) filled by election [an elective office] b) chosen by election; elected 2. of or based on election 3. having the power to choose 4 …   English World dictionary

  • Elective — E*lect ive, n. In an American college, an optional study or course of study; a course that is not required. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • elective — early 15c., from L.L. electivus, from electus, pp. of eligere (see ELECTION (Cf. election)). In reference to school subjects studied at the student s choice, first recorded 1847. As a noun, from 1701 …   Etymology dictionary

  • elective — [adj] able to be chosen constituent, discretionary, electoral, facultative, nonobligatory, not compulsory, optional, selective, voluntary, voting; concept 535 Ant. required …   New thesaurus

  • elective — ► ADJECTIVE 1) relating to or appointed by election. 2) (of a course of study, treatment, etc.) selected by the person concerned; not compulsory. ► NOUN chiefly N. Amer. ▪ an optional course of study. DERIVATIVES electively adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • elective — e|lec|tive1 [ıˈlektıv] adj formal 1.) an elective position or organization is one for which there is an election ▪ the 34 elective seats in the National Assembly 2.) elective medical treatment is treatment that you choose to have, although you do …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • elective — I UK [ɪˈlektɪv] / US adjective 1) an elective position is one that someone holds because people have voted for them 2) a) elective medical treatment is treatment that you choose to have, rather than treatment that is necessary b) American an… …   English dictionary

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”