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Elective definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

ELECT'IVE, a. Dependent on choice, as an elective monarchy, in which the king is raised to the throne by election; opposed to hereditary.
1. Bestowed or passing by election; as an office is elective.
2. Pertaining to or consisting in choice or right of choosing; as elective franchise.
3. Exerting the power of choice; as an elective act.
4. Selecting for combination; as elective attraction, which is a tendency in bodies to unite with certain kinds of matter in preference to others.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: subject to popular election; "elective official" [syn: elective, elected] [ant: appointed, appointive]
2: not compulsory; "elective surgery"; "an elective course of study" n
1: a course that the student can select from among alternatives [syn: elective course, elective]

Merriam Webster's

I. adjective Date: circa 1531 1. a. chosen or filled by popular election <an elective official> b. of or relating to election c. based on the right or principle of election <the presidency is an elective office> 2. a. permitting a choice ; optional <an elective course in school> b. beneficial to the patient but not essential for survival <elective surgery> 3. a. tending to operate on one substance rather than another <elective absorption> b. favorably inclined to one more than to another ; sympathetic <an elective affinity> electively adverb electiveness noun II. noun Date: 1850 an elective course or subject

Oxford Reference Dictionary

adj. & n. --adj. 1 a (of an office or its holder) filled or appointed by election. b (of authority) derived from election. 2 (of a body) having the power to elect. 3 having a tendency to act on or be concerned with some things rather than others (elective affinity). 4 (of a course of study) chosen by the student; optional. 5 (of a surgical operation etc.) optional; not urgently necessary. --n. US an elective course of study. Derivatives: electively adv. Etymology: F électif -ive f. LL electivus (as ELECT)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Elective E*lect"ive, n. In an American college, an optional study or course of study. [Colloq.]

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Elective E*lect"ive, a. [Cf. F. ['e]lectif.] 1. Exerting the power of choice; selecting; as, an elective act. 2. Pertaining to, or consisting in, choice, or right of choosing; electoral. The independent use of their elective franchise. --Bancroft. 3. Dependent on choice; bestowed or passing by election; as, an elective study; an elective office. Kings of Rome were at first elective; . . . for such are the conditions of an elective kingdom. --Dryden. Elective affinity or attraction (Chem.), a tendency to unite with certain things; chemism.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(electives) 1. An elective post or committee is one to which people are appointed as a result of winning an election. (FORMAL) Buchanan has never held elective office. ADJ: usu ADJ n 2. Elective surgery is surgery that you choose to have before it becomes essential. (FORMAL) ADJ: usu ADJ n 3. An elective is a subject which a student can choose to study as part of his or her course. (AM; in BRIT, use option) N-COUNT

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

a. 1. Chosen by election, determined by suffrage, dependent on suffrage. 2. Concerning suffrage, of suffrage. 3. Selective, mutually attractive.

Moby Thesaurus

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