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.

    Etymology: [Cf. F. lectif.]


  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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Electiveadjective

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

    Etymology: [Cf. F. lectif.]

  2. Electiveadjective

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

    Etymology: [Cf. F. lectif.]

  3. Electiveadjective

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

    Etymology: [Cf. F. lectif.]

  4. Electivenoun

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

    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. Kelli Stargel:

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

  3. Alexis McGill Johnson:

    Abortion providers should join the thousands of other medical professionals across the state in ceasing elective procedures, unless the life of the mother is at risk, to protect the health of their patients and slow the spread of the coronavirus.

  4. Katelyn Barley:

    We see that units are shut down, that some beds are not staffed because we don’t have enough, if you need and elective surgery you may be waiting longer, if you do have and emergency you may be stuck in the emergency room, so it really does effect people at home probably more than they think.

  5. Heather Evans:

    I think the take-home message for patients from this particular study is that showering with water within 48 hours after elective surgery is safe if the surgical wound is small, had minimal contamination, and was primarily closed with( stitches).

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