- granting a faculty, or permission; permissive
- that may or may not happen or be; contingent
- having to do with a faculty or faculties
- Biol. capable of living under varying conditions; e.g., able to live independently and as a parasite
Origin of facultativeFrench facultatif from Classical Latin facultas: see faculty
- Of or relating to a mental faculty.
- a. Capable of occurring or not occurring; contingent.b. Not required or compulsory; optional.
- Granting permission or authority.
- Biology Capable of functioning under varying environmental conditions. Used of certain organisms, such as bacteria that can live with or without oxygen.
(comparative more facultative, superlative most facultative)
- Of or relating to faculty, especially to mental faculty
- Not obligate; optional, discretionary or elective
- That grants permission or power to do something
- (biology) Able to perform a particular life function, or to live generally, in more than one way
- (geometry, of a point) At which a given function is positive.
- active fault