Not hard to imagine what drives this number – money, the ever swelling lubricant of elective office.
Hidden inside some of the health-care reform plans is a penalty for plastic surgery and other elective cosmetic procedures.
But the O.R. has actually seen a huge decrease in elective surgeries.
early 15c., from Late Latin electivus, from electus, past participle of eligere (see election). In reference to school subjects studied at the student's choice, first recorded 1847. As a noun, from 1701.