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selective

[si-lek-tiv]
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adjective
  1. having the function or power of selecting; making a selection.
  2. characterized by selection, especially fastidious selection.
  3. of or relating to selection.
  4. Electricity, Radio. having good selectivity.

Origin of selective

First recorded in 1615–25; select + -ive
Related formsse·lec·tive·ly, adverbse·lec·tive·ness, nounnon·se·lec·tive, adjectiveun·se·lec·tive, adjective

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2. discriminating, particular, discerning.
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British Dictionary definitions for nonselective

nonselective

adjective
  1. (of a school, education system, etc) admitting all pupils regardless of ability; inclusive

selective

adjective
  1. of or characterized by selection
  2. tending to choose carefully or characterized by careful choice
  3. electronics occurring at, operating at, or capable of separating out a particular frequency or band of frequencies
Derived Formsselectively, adverbselectiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for nonselective

selective

adj.

1620s; see select (adj.) + -ive. Related: Selectively; selectiveness. Selective service is from 1917, American English.

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