Definitions for facultativeˈfæk əlˌteɪ tɪv

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

fac•ul•ta•tiveˈfæk əlˌteɪ tɪv(adj.)

  1. conferring a faculty, privilege, permission, or the power of doing or not doing something:

    a facultative enactment.

  2. being left to one's option or choice; optional.

  3. having the capacity to live under more than one specific set of environmental conditions, as a plant that can lead either a parasitic or a nonparasitic life

    Category: Ecology

    Ref: (opposed to obligate ).

  4. of or pertaining to the mental faculties.

  5. having the potential of taking place or assuming a specified character.

Origin of facultative:

1810–20; < F


Princeton's WordNet

  1. facultative(adj)

    of or relating to the mental faculties

  2. facultative(adj)

    able to exist under more than one set of conditions

    "a facultative parasite can exist as a parasite or a saprophyte"

  3. facultative(adj)

    granting a privilege or permission or power to do or not do something

    "a facultative enactment"

  4. facultative(adj)

    not compulsory

    "facultative courses in the sciences"


  1. facultative(Adjective)

    Of or relating to faculty, especially to mental faculty

  2. facultative(Adjective)

    Not obligate; optional, discretionary or elective

  3. facultative(Adjective)

    That grants permission or power to do something

  4. facultative(Adjective)

    Able to grow in or outside of a host or host cell

Anagrams of facultative

  1. active fault


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