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Other Elective Definition

[adj] subject to popular election; "elective official"
[adj] not compulsory; "elective surgery"; "an elective course of study"


appointed, appointive

Misc. Definitions

\E*lect"ive\, a. [Cf. F. ['e]lectif.]
1. Exerting the power of choice; selecting; as, an elective act.
2. Pertaining to, or consisting in, choice, or right of choosing; electoral. The independent use of their elective franchise. --Bancroft.
3. Dependent on choice; bestowed or passing by election; as, an elective study; an elective office. Kings of Rome were at first elective; . . . for such are the conditions of an elective kingdom. --Dryden. {Elective affinity} or {attraction} (Chem.), a tendency to unite with certain things; chemism.
\E*lect"ive\, n. In an American college, an optional study or course of study. [Colloq.]

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