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Meaning of ELECTIVE

Pronunciation:  i'lektiv

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [adj]  subject to popular election; "elective official"
  2. [adj]  not compulsory; "elective surgery"; "an elective course of study"
 

ELECTIVE is a 8 letter word that starts with E.

 

 Synonyms: elected, electoral, nonappointive, optional
 
 Antonyms: appointed, appointive
 

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \E*lect"ive\, a. [Cf. F. ['e]lectif.]
    1. Exerting the power of choice; selecting; as, an elective
       act.
    
    2. Pertaining to, or consisting in, choice, or right of
       choosing; electoral.
    
             The independent use of their elective franchise.
                                                   --Bancroft.
    
    3. Dependent on choice; bestowed or passing by election; as,
       an elective study; an elective office.
    
             Kings of Rome were at first elective; . . . for such
             are the conditions of an elective kingdom. --Dryden.
    
    {Elective affinity} or {attraction} (Chem.), a tendency to
       unite with certain things; chemism.
    
    
  2. \E*lect"ive\, n.
    In an American college, an optional study or course of study.
    [Colloq.]
    
    
 
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