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electivea. [Cf. F. électif.].
  •  Exerting the power of choice; selecting; as, an elective act.  [1913 Webster]
  •  Pertaining to, or consisting in, choice, or right of choosing; electoral.  [1913 Webster]
    "The independent use of their elective franchise."  [1913 Webster]
  •  Bestowed or passing by election; as, an elective office.  [1913 Webster]
    "Kings of Rome were at first elective; . . . for such are the conditions of an elective kingdom."  [1913 Webster]
  •  Dependent on choice; that can be refused; as, an elective college course. Opposite of required or mandatory.  [1913 Webster]
Elective affinity or Elective attraction (Chem.), a tendency to unite with certain things; chemism.
     In an American college, an optional study or course of study; a course that is not required.  [1913 Webster]


elective, adj. & n.
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.

electively adv.
F {eacute}lectif -ive f. LL electivus (as ELECT)



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