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selective

[si-lek-tiv] /sɪˈlɛk tɪv/
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
1615-1625
First recorded in 1615-25; select + -ive
Related forms
selectively, adverb
selectiveness, noun
nonselective, adjective
unselective, adjective
Synonyms
2. discriminating, particular, discerning.
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  • Apparently just the higher functions of mankind have been interfered with, selectively.

    Planet of the Damned Harry Harrison
  • In a tropical forest community, a duller pattern possibly would be more visible and thus would be selectively disadvantageous.

  • Milly was not crudely imitative: she was selectively imitative, and for the present she had chosen Mrs. Kemp for her model.

    One Woman's Life Robert Herrick
  • For religious purposes the Zui appear to have selectively produced a great variety of colours in the ears of corn.

  • There were frequencies of other values, which would be selectively absorbed by this material and that.

    The Aliens Murray Leinster
British Dictionary definitions for selectively

selective

/sɪˈlɛktɪv/
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 Forms
selectively, adverb
selectiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for selectively

selective

adj.

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

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