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Meaning of ELECTIVE

Pronunciation:  i'lektiv

WordNet Dictionary
  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
  1. \E*lect"ive\, a. [Cf. F. ['e]lectif.]
    1. Exerting the power of choice; selecting; as, an elective
    2. Pertaining to, or consisting in, choice, or right of
       choosing; electoral.
             The independent use of their elective franchise.
    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.
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