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



    BrE BrE//sɪˈlektɪv//
    ; NAmE NAmE//sɪˈlektɪv//
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  1. 1[usually before noun] affecting or concerned with only a small number of people or things from a larger group the selective breeding of cattle selective strike action
  2. 2selective (about/in something) tending to be careful about what or who you choose You will have to be selective about which information to include in the report. Their admissions policy is very selective. a selective school (= one that chooses which children to admit, especially according to ability)
  3. Extra examples Most of the girls are extremely selective in their choice of boyfriends. The human memory is notoriously selective. The list provided here is necessarily selective. the socially selective nature of population changes
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