- pertaining to the principle of electing to an office, position, etc.
- chosen by election, as an official.
- bestowed by or derived from election, as an office.
- having the power or right of electing to office, as a body of persons.
- open to choice; optional; not required: an elective subject in college; elective surgery.
- Chemistry. selecting for combination or action; tending to combine with certain substances in preference to others: elective attraction.
- an optional study; a course that a student may select from among alternatives.
Origin of elective
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Examples from the Web for elective
Not hard to imagine what drives this number – money, the ever swelling lubricant of elective office.Beer Countries vs. Wine Countries
December 7, 2014
Really, sortition strikes at the tension at the heart of elective representative democracy.Is It Time to Take a Chance on Random Representatives?
November 8, 2014
But the O.R. has actually seen a huge decrease in elective surgeries.Dallas: A Journal of the Plague City
October 17, 2014
It is not elective, it is not fun, and it certainly is not funny.From Britney to Bynes, Why Do We Love Watching Mentally Ill Celebs?
October 17, 2014
But this is really my first real role in a film where I got to play gay that was not elective.Matt Bomer Tells the Personal Story Behind His Heartbreaking ‘Normal Heart’ Performance
May 21, 2014
On the same ground might the authority of all elective political and other posts be questioned.Freeland
An elective course in the history of American education is highly desirable.
Probably no two colleges administer the elective system in the same way.
Office Holding: Women are not eligible to any elective office.
Office Holding: Women are not eligible for any elective office.
- of or based on selection by voteelective procedure
- selected by votean elective official
- having the power to elect
- open to choice; optionalan elective course of study
- an optional course or hospital placement undertaken by a medical student
Word Origin and History for elective
early 15c., from Late Latin electivus, from electus, past participle of eligere (see election). In reference to school subjects studied at the student's choice, first recorded 1847. As a noun, from 1701.