[ ih-lek-tiv ]
/ ɪˈlɛk tɪv /
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
e·lec·tive·ly, adverbe·lec·tive·ness, nounnon·e·lec·tive, adjective, nounnon·e·lec·tive·ly, adverb
non·e·lec·tive·ness, nounpre·e·lec·tive, adjectiveun·e·lec·tive, adjective
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Examples from the Web for electively
Her sweet slenderness barred the way about as electively as a mother quail does the road to her young.A Texas Ranger|William MacLeod Raine
British Dictionary definitions for electively
/ (ɪˈlɛktɪv) /
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
Derived Formselectively, adverbelectivity (ˌiːlɛkˈtɪvɪtɪ) or electiveness, noun
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