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sɪˈlɛk tɪvse·lec·tive

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. selective(adj)

    tending to select; characterized by careful choice

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

  2. selective(adj)

    characterized by very careful or fastidious selection

    "the school was very selective in its admissions"


  1. selective(Adjective)

    Of or pertaining to the process of selection.

  2. selective(Adjective)

    choosy, fussy or discriminating when selecting.

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

  3. selective(Adjective)

    Having the authority or capability to make a selection.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Selective(adj)

    selecting; tending to select

British National Corpus

  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. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki:

    I think it's safe to say that not everything you're hearing from the Israeli government is an accurate reflection of the details of the talks, there's a selective sharing of information.

  2. Stephen Legomsky:

    I think it does show that for the five Republican appointees on the court, deference to the executive branch policy positions will still be the rule of the day as long as they like the outcome. Those same justices were not deferential to President Obama with respect to( Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and( Deferred Action for Parents of Americans), but they are showing extreme deference to this President on this proclamation even on the face of explicitly discriminatory public statements, the court has shown it is willing to be very selective when it comes to showing deference to the President.

  3. Jeanne Branthover:

    The economy is better and so banks are hiring but they are being selective about where.

  4. 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.

  5. Tom Roseen:

    They were selective, however, padding the coffers of Invesco QQQ Trust Series 1 with plus-$2.6 billion and iShares Core S&P 500 ETF with plus-$1.7 billion, while being net redeemers of SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust with $1.8 billion of cash withdrawals.

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