from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or relating to a selection by vote.
  • adj. Filled or obtained by election: elective office.
  • adj. Having the power or authority to elect; electoral.
  • adj. Permitting or involving a choice; optional: elective surgery.
  • n. An optional academic course or subject.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of, or pertaining to voting or elections
  • adj. That involves a choice between options; optional or discretionary
  • n. Something that is option or that may be elected, especially a course of tertiary study.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Exerting the power of choice; selecting.
  • adj. Pertaining to, or consisting in, choice, or right of choosing; electoral.
  • adj. Bestowed or passing by election
  • adj. Dependent on choice; that can be refused. Opposite of required or mandatory.
  • n. In an American college, an optional study or course of study; a course that is not required.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Chosen by election; dependent on choice; bestowed or passing by election: as, an elective monarchy (one in which the king is raised to the throne by election); the office is elective: opposed to hereditary, or to tenure by appointment.
  • Pertaining or relating to or consisting in the choice or right of choosing by vote: as, the elective principle in government; the elective franchise.
  • Exerting the power of choice.
  • Selecting for combination: as, an elective attraction, which is a tendency in bodies to unite with certain kinds of matter in preference to other kinds.
  • n. In the colleges of the United States, an optional study; any one of a number of studies from which the scholar is allowed to select that which he prefers.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a course that the student can select from among alternatives
  • adj. subject to popular election
  • adj. not compulsory


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