[ 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.
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Origin of elective
OTHER WORDS FROM 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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Example sentences from the Web for non-elective
Raised in nature's school they are masters of its non-elective course.Sergeant York And His People|Sam Cowan
After this non-elective board has approved of the estimates, they are then sent down to the Municipal Assembly to be voted.
British Dictionary definitions for non-elective
/ (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 forms of electiveelectively, adverbelectivity (ˌiːlɛkˈtɪvɪtɪ) or electiveness, noun
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