elective[ē lek′tiv, i-]
elective definition by Webster's New World
- filled by election: an elective office
- chosen by election; elected
- of or based on election
- having the power to choose
- that may be chosen but is not required; optional
- Now Rare having or referring to a tendency to attract or combine with certain substances in preference to others
Origin: Middle English ; from Late Latin electivus
an optional course or subject in a school or college curriculum
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- electively adverb
elective definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Of or relating to a selection by vote.
- Filled or obtained by election: elective office.
- Having the power or authority to elect; electoral.
- Permitting or involving a choice; optional: elective surgery.
An optional academic course or subject.
- e·lecˈtive·ly adverb
- e·lecˈtive·ness noun