follow Dictionary.com

Hone in vs. home in? What's the difference?

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 relating to selection.
4.
Electricity, Radio. having good selectivity.
Origin of selective
1615-1625
1615-25; select + -ive
Related forms
selectively, adverb
selectiveness, noun
nonselective, adjective
unselective, adjective
Synonyms
2. discriminating, particular, discerning.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for selectively
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • There were frequencies of other values, which would be selectively absorbed by this material and that.

    The Aliens Murray Leinster
  • Apparently just the higher functions of mankind have been interfered with, selectively.

    Planet of the Damned Harry Harrison
  • Milly was not crudely imitative: she was selectively imitative, and for the present she had chosen Mrs. Kemp for her model.

    One Woman's Life Robert Herrick
  • For religious purposes the Zui appear to have selectively produced a great variety of colours in the ears of corn.

  • One of these facts, the weight of the atmosphere, is then selectively seized upon as the key to the entire phenomenon.

    How We Think John Dewey
British Dictionary definitions for selectively

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for selectively

selective

adj.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for selective

Most English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for selectively

0
22
Scrabble Words With Friends