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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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Selectiveadjective

    selecting; tending to select

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    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. 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.

  2. Mike Delaney:

    We will closely examine potential impacts to the function and our ability to serve our customers if selective (voluntary layoffs) are employed, we hope to work through our analysis as quickly as possible and share our decision with you in the next several weeks.

  3. Fyodor Kondrashov:

    Generally, the more people are infected, the more the chances for vaccine resistance to emerge. So the more Delta is infectious, the more reason for concern, by having a situation where you vaccinate everybody, a vaccine-resistant mutant actually gains a selective advantage.

  4. 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.

  5. Paul Elam:

    Den Hollander was furious and beyond words furious, absolutely enraged that( the National Coalition for Men) and Marc Angelucci were getting into the selective service case. Den Hollander viewed that as something proprietary for Den Hollander, den Hollander saw Marc's work in that respect as an intrusion into Den Hollander space. Den Hollander was more than angry about it, Den Hollander was livid.

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