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elective

[ih-lek-tiv]
adjective
1.
pertaining to the principle of electing to an office, position, etc.
2.
chosen by election, as an official.
3.
bestowed by or derived from election, as an office.
4.
having the power or right of electing to office, as a body of persons.
5.
open to choice; optional; not required: an elective subject in college; elective surgery.
6.
Chemistry. selecting for combination or action; tending to combine with certain substances in preference to others: elective attraction.
noun
7.
an optional study; a course that a student may select from among alternatives.

Origin:
1520–30; < Medieval Latin ēlēctīvus, equivalent to Latin ēlēct(us) (see elect) + -īvus -ive

electively, adverb
electiveness, noun
nonelective, adjective, noun
nonelectively, adverb
nonelectiveness, noun
preelective, adjective
unelective, adjective


5. voluntary, discretionary.


5. required, obligatory, necessary.
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elective (ɪˈlɛktɪv)
 
adj
1.  of or based on selection by vote: elective procedure
2.  selected by vote: an elective official
3.  having the power to elect
4.  open to choice; optional: an elective course of study
 
n
5.  an optional course or hospital placement undertaken by a medical student
 
e'lectively
 
adv
 
electivity
 
n
 
e'lectiveness
 
n

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elective
M.E., from L.L. electivus, from eligere (see election). In reference to school subjects studied at the student's choice, first recorded 1847.
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