Definition of Elective

1. Noun. A course that the student can select from among alternatives.

2. Adjective. Subject to popular election. "Elective official"
Exact synonyms: Elected
Similar to: Electoral, Nonappointive
Antonyms: Appointive
Derivative terms: Elect

3. Adjective. Not compulsory. "An elective course of study"
Similar to: Optional
Derivative terms: Elect

Definition of Elective

1. a. Exerting the power of choice; selecting; as, an elective act.

2. n. In an American college, an optional study or course of study.

Definition of Elective

1. Adjective. Of, or pertaining to voting or elections ¹

2. Adjective. That involves a choice between options; optional or discretionary ¹

3. Noun. Something that is option or that may be elected, especially a course of tertiary study. ¹

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Definition of Elective

1. an optional course of study [n -S]

Medical Definition of Elective

1. Subject to the choice or decision of the patient or physician, applied to procedures that are advantageous to the patient but not urgent. This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Elective

election commission
election day
election district
election fraud
election of remedies
election threshold
elections of remedies
elective (current term)
elective abortion
elective culture
elective mutism
elective share
elective shares
elective surgery
electoral college
electoral colleges
electoral district

Literary usage of Elective

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1. Commentaries on the Laws of England by William Blackstone, William Carey Jones (1915)
"founders of our English monarchy might perhaps, if they had thought proper, have made it an elective monarchy; but they rather chose, and upon good reason, ..."

2. Argumentation and Debating by William Trufant Foster (1908)
"INTRODUCTION The contemporary discussion concerning the elective system for ... HISTORY OF THE QUESTION For nearly a century the elective system has been ..."

3. The Law of Nations: Or, Principles of the Law of Nature, Applied to the by Emer de Vattel, Joseph Chitty (1883)
"Of elective WE have seen in the preceding chapter, ... Whe- It has been debated, whether elective kings and princes are ther elective real sovereigns. ..."

4. The Law of Nations, Or, Principles of the Law of Nature Applied to the by Emer de Vattel, Joseph Chitty, Edward Duncan Ingraham (1867)
"If it confers itself the right of choosing a successor after the sovereign's death, the state is elective. As soon as the prince is elected according to the ..."

5. Political Science and Comparative Constitutional Law by John William Burgess (1891)
"In fact, of the two states under consideration in which the ministry is responsible, one (France) presents us with the elective executive ; while of the two ..."

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