- 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).
- 2having the power to elect an elective body
- 3(of medical treatment) that you choose to have; that is not urgent synonym optional elective surgery an elective operation
- 4(of a course or subject) that a student can choose synonym optional
NAmE//ɪˈlɛktɪv//[usually before noun] (formal)