Definitions for electiveɪˈlɛk tɪv

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

e•lec•tiveɪˈlɛk tɪv(adj.)

  1. derived from the principle of electing to an office, position, etc.

  2. chosen by election, as an official.

  3. empowered to elect a candidate, as a body of persons.

  4. open to choice; optional:

    elective surgery.

  5. (n.)a course that a student may select from among alternatives.

    Category: Education

Origin of elective:

1520–30; < ML


Princeton's WordNet

  1. elective course, elective(adj)

    a course that the student can select from among alternatives

  2. elective, elected(adj)

    subject to popular election

    "elective official"

  3. elective(adj)

    not compulsory

    "elective surgery"; "an elective course of study"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. elective(noun)ɪˈlɛk tɪv

    ≠ requirement

    One of my electives is a class about Jazz.


  1. elective(Noun)

    Something that is option or that may be elected, especially a course of tertiary study.

  2. elective(Adjective)

    Of, or pertaining to voting or elections

  3. elective(Adjective)

    That involves a choice between options; optional or discretionary

    My insurance wouldn't pay for the operation because it was elective surgery.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Elective(adj)

    exerting the power of choice; selecting; as, an elective act

  2. Elective(adj)

    pertaining to, or consisting in, choice, or right of choosing; electoral

  3. Elective(adj)

    dependent on choice; bestowed or passing by election; as, an elective study; an elective office

  4. Elective(noun)

    in an American college, an optional study or course of study


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