- 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: French facultatif ; from Classical Latin facultas: see faculty
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- 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.
- facˈul·taˌtive·ly adverb
facultative - Medical Definition
- Capable of functioning under varying environmental conditions. Used of certain organisms, such as bacteria that can live with or without oxygen.
- Capable of occurring along various pathways or under various conditions.
facultative - Science Definition
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