elective

  • 1 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

  • 2 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

  • 3 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

  • 4 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

  • 5 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

  • 6 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

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

    New thesaurus

  • 8 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

  • 9 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 …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 10 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

  • 11 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

  • 12 elective — e|lec|tive1 [ ı lektıv ] adjective 1. ) an elective position is one that someone holds because people have voted for them 2. ) elective medical treatment is treatment that you choose to have, rather than treatment that is necessary a ) AMERICAN… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 13 elective — [[t]ɪle̱ktɪv[/t]] electives 1) ADJ: usu ADJ n An elective post or committee is one to which people are appointed as a result of winning an election. [FORMAL] Buchanan has never held elective office. 2) ADJ: usu ADJ n Elective surgery is surgery… …

    English dictionary

  • 14 elective — electively, adv. electiveness, n. /i lek tiv/, adj. 1. pertaining to the principle of electing to an office, position, etc. 2. chosen by election, as an official. 3. bestowed by or derived from election, as an office. 4. having the power or right …

    Universalium

  • 15 Elective — In medicine, something chosen (elected). An elective procedure is one that is chosen (elected) by the patient or physician that is advantageous to the patient but is not urgent. Elective surgery is decided by the patient or their doctor. The… …

    Medical dictionary

  • 16 élective — ● électif, élective adjectif (bas latin electivus, du latin classique electus, élu) Qui est nommé par voie de suffrages, qui est conféré par l élection : Un président électif. Qui agit seulement dans certains cas déterminés, sur certains points… …

    Encyclopédie Universelle

  • 17 elective — 1 adjective formal 1 an elective position or organization is one for which there is an election 2 elective medical treatment is treatment that you choose to have, although you do not have to 2 noun (C) AmE a course that you can choose to study… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 18 elective — [ɪˈlektɪv] adj 1) an elective position is one that you hold because people have voted for you 2) done because someone chooses it, not because they have to do it elective surgery[/ex] …

    Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • 19 elective — /əˈlɛktɪv / (say uh lektiv), /i / (say ee ) adjective 1. relating to the principle of electing to office, etc. 2. appointed by election, as an officer. 3. bestowed by or derived from election, as an office. 4. having the power of electing to… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 20 elective — adj. & n. adj. 1 a (of an office or its holder) filled or appointed by election. b (of authority) derived from election. 2 (of a body) having the power to elect. 3 having a tendency to act on or be concerned with some things rather than others… …

    Useful english dictionary