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selective

[si-lek-tiv] /sɪˈlɛk tɪv/
adjective
1.
having the function or power of selecting; making a selection.
2.
characterized by selection, especially fastidious selection.
3.
of or pertaining to selection.
4.
Electricity, Radio. having good selectivity.
Origin
1615-1625
1615-25; select + -ive
Related forms
selectively, adverb
selectiveness, noun
nonselective, adjective
unselective, adjective
Synonyms
2. discriminating, particular, discerning.
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Examples from the web for selective
  • For thousands of years humans have changed dogs' looks through selective breeding.
  • selective cutting is the norm, rather than clear-cutting.
  • Many of the stories did not fare too well, and would not have got their authors into a selective university.
  • My believe is that the only way that these panels will drop in price is in the design and selective use of materials.
  • So selective and demanding is the process that virtually every teacher is well prepared.
  • It may be objected that the outcome could have reflected selective breeding rather than family stability.
  • So financial sponsors have to be a lot more selective.
  • selective focus creates the illusion that the subject is a miniature.
  • There is other medicine to try that are selective blockers of inflammation.
  • And a new paper suggests that at highly selective colleges, they may count even more than was previously thought.
British Dictionary definitions for selective

selective

/sɪˈlɛktɪv/
adjective
1.
of or characterized by selection
2.
tending to choose carefully or characterized by careful choice
3.
(electronics) occurring at, operating at, or capable of separating out a particular frequency or band of frequencies
Derived Forms
selectively, adverb
selectiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for selective
adj.

1620s; see select (adj.) + -ive. Related: Selectively; selectiveness. Selective service is from 1917, American English.

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