What does elective mean?

Definitions for electiveɪˈlɛk tɪv

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word elective.

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"


  1. Elective(a.)

    Dependent on choice; that can be refused; as, an elective college course. Opposite of required or mandatory.

  2. Origin: [Cf. F. lectif.]


  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

  5. Origin: [Cf. F. lectif.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of elective in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of elective in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Raymond Bingham:

    The economic downturn resulted in changes in the way people drive, with people taking fewer elective trips.

  2. Kelli Stargel:

    This legislation makes certain that our limited taxpayer dollars are not being used to support organizations that provide elective abortions.

  3. Ali Yalcin:

    The aim is to open the way to elective religious education, in line with the wishes of the people, there is no question of forcing the classes on students.

  4. Amama Mbabazi:

    We condemn this outrageous behavior by the state, this abuse of the state apparatus to promote the political agenda of a candidate contesting for elective office.

  5. Ted Morgan:

    The elective system ... offered a bewildering freedom of choice, leaving some graduates with the impression that they had nibbled at dozens of canaps of knowledge and never had their fill.

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