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



BrE BrE//ɪˈlektɪv//
; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈlektɪv//
Subjects and courses
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(especially North American English) a course or subject at a college or school which a student can choose to do Students can choose from a range of electives offered by the science department. See related entries: Subjects and courses 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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