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Definition of elective adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    [usually before noun] (formal)
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  1. 1using or chosen by election an elective democracy an elective assembly an elective member He had never held elective office (= a position that is filled by election).
  2. 2having the power to elect an elective body
  3. 3(of medical treatment) that you choose to have; that is not urgent synonym optional elective surgery an elective operation
  4. 4(of a course or subject) that a student can choose synonym optional
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: elective

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