selective

[ si-lek-tiv ]
/ sɪˈlɛk tɪv /
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adjective

having the function or power of selecting; making a selection.
characterized by selection, especially fastidious selection.
of or relating to selection.
Electricity, Radio. having good selectivity.

Origin of selective

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

/ (sɪˈlɛktɪv) /

adjective

of or characterized by selection
tending to choose carefully or characterized by careful choice
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 selectively

selective


adj.

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

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