What does elective mean?

Definitions for elective
ɪˈlɛk tɪvelec·tive

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. elective course, electiveadjective

    a course that the student can select from among alternatives

  2. elective, electedadjective

    subject to popular election

    "elective official"

  3. electiveadjective

    not compulsory

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


  1. Electiveadjective

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


  1. electivenoun

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

  2. electiveadjective

    Of, or pertaining to voting or elections

  3. electiveadjective

    That involves a choice between options; optional or discretionary

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Electiveadjective

    Exerting the power of choice; regulated or bestowed by election or choice.

    Etymology: from elect.

    I will say positively and resolutely, that it is impossible an elective monarchy should be so free and absolute as an hereditary. Francis Bacon.

    To talk of compelling a man to be good, is a contradiction; for where there is force, there can be no choice: whereas all moral goodness consisteth in the elective act of the understanding will. Nehemiah Grew, Cosmol. Sac. b. iii. c. 2.

    The last change of their government, from elective to hereditary, has made it seem hitherto of less force, and unfitter for action abroad. William Temple.


  1. elective

    An elective is a course or a subject that students can choose to take as part of their educational program, but is not required. Such courses allow students to explore other areas of interest or enhance their skills and knowledge in a specific field. The term 'elective' can also refer to a chosen action, procedure, or vote that is optional or decided by an individual's or group's discretion.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Electiveadjective

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

  2. Electiveadjective

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

  3. Electiveadjective

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

  4. Electivenoun

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

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

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  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

Examples of elective in a Sentence

  1. Susan Hellerstein:

    It is a large number of observational studies that are all pointing in the same direction, we should be having a conversation with patients about the risk when they are considering a truly elective c-section.

  2. Haywood Brown:

    It became clear that early elective delivery prior to 39 weeks was associated with higher neonatal morbidity and mortality. As such, quality initiatives around early elective delivery were discouraged and hospitals adapted guidelines that discouraged elective delivery prior to 39 weeks.

  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. Mike Peterson:

    I've never run for elective office, I didn't want to run for elective office, i felt a calling because I think we need to get these rising generations of kids back on track, understanding that there absolutely is privilege in America and it’s the privilege to be an American.

  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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