Definition of elective adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ɪˈlektɪv//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈlektɪv//
    [usually before noun] (formal) Elections, Subjects and courses
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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 which is filled by election). See related entries: Elections
  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 See related entries: Subjects and courses
  5. synonym optional
    Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French electif, -ive, from late Latin electivus, from elect- ‘picked out’, from the verb eligere, from e- (variant of ex-) ‘out’ + legere ‘to pick’.
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