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elective

[ ih-lek-tiv ]
/ ɪˈlɛk tɪv /
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adjective

noun

an optional study; a course that a student may select from among alternatives.

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Origin of elective

1520–30; <Medieval Latin ēlēctīvus, equivalent to Latin ēlēct(us) (see elect) + -īvus-ive

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British Dictionary definitions for elective

elective
/ (ɪˈlɛktɪv) /

adjective

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

noun

an optional course or hospital placement undertaken by a medical student

Derived forms of elective

electively, adverbelectivity (ˌiːlɛkˈtɪvɪtɪ) or electiveness, noun
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