from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of or relating to a mental faculty.
- adj. Capable of occurring or not occurring; contingent.
- adj. Not required or compulsory; optional.
- adj. Granting permission or authority.
- adj. Biology Capable of functioning under varying environmental conditions. Used of certain organisms, such as bacteria that can live with or without oxygen.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Of or relating to faculty, especially to mental faculty
- adj. Not obligate; optional, discretionary or elective
- adj. That grants permission or power to do something
- adj. Able to grow in or outside of a host or host cell
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Having relation to the grant or exercise faculty, or authority, privilege, license, or the like hence, optional; -- opposed to
obligatoryand compulsory, and sometimes used with to.
- adj. Of such a character as to admit of existing under various forms or conditions, or of happening or not happening, or the like
- adj. Pertaining to a faculty or faculties.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Conferring a faculty, right, or power; enabling.
- Hence Conferring the power of doing or not doing; rendering optional or contingent.
- Having a faculty or power, but exercising it only occasionally or incidentally, or failing to exercise it; occasional or incidental; optional or contingent. Compare obligate.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. able to exist under more than one set of conditions
- adj. not compulsory
- adj. granting a privilege or permission or power to do or not do something
- adj. of or relating to the mental faculties
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