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sɪˈlɛk tɪvse·lec·tive

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. selectiveadjective

    tending to select; characterized by careful choice

    "an exceptionally quick and selective reader"- John Mason Brown

  2. selectiveadjective

    characterized by very careful or fastidious selection

    "the school was very selective in its admissions"


  1. selectiveadjective

    Of or pertaining to the process of selection.

  2. selectiveadjective

    choosy, fussy or discriminating when selecting.

    He's very selective and spent hours in the store choosing a new shirt.

  3. selectiveadjective

    Having the authority or capability to make a selection.

    In the USA, military conscription is controlled by the Selective Service.


  1. selective

    Selective generally refers to the act of choosing or making a choice from a number of alternatives, often carefully and with consideration. It involves the process of discriminating between different options based on certain criteria or preferences. The term can apply to a wide range of contexts, from choosing good quality products, deciding who to include in a group, to biological processes that favor organisms with certain traits.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Selectiveadjective

    selecting; tending to select

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  1. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'selective' in Adjectives Frequency: #860

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of selective in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of selective in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of selective in a Sentence

  1. Philippine Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra:

    Our government is prepared to face any inquiry if the same becomes necessary to disabuse the minds of those who rely on or give undue credence to selective, if not biased, second-hand information.

  2. Peter Lowman:

    Clearly, emerging markets have suffered the most over recent months which has now led to pockets of value appearing, especially in those countries less affected by the collapse in commodity prices, therefore, selective countries within EM could be an area of investor interest as we enter 2016.

  3. Cao Huiquan:

    What is needed is equal implementation and not selective implementation.

  4. Milorad Dodik:

    We see that this is selective justice, that it's not the justice for all parties, that it is directed against one people and its representatives.

  5. Xavier Huillard:

    We had a very nice harvest in 2015. We would be delighted to match that in 2016 but this may not be the case. There are many opportunities but we are very selective.

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