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
- 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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DANA BASH, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Hi, Wolf, well, the vice president's office tells us that he's going to have what they call elective surgery, to remove an aneurysm in the artery behind his right knee, and that is going to happen next weekend, according to top aide, Steve Schmidt.
Solomon John thought the trouble might be in what they called the elective system, where you were to choose what study you might take.
There are way too many Conservatives in elective office at this time.
Anybody who showed up down there right now with a key to the office and the electrical system would have guaranteed lifetime tenure in elective office around here.
Although I do not know Mr. Burris personally, he has served the State of Illinois in elective office for many years.
Ayotte has no prior experience in elective office?
So Ayotte has no prior experience in elective office?
My father called politics an honorable profession, and I have profound respect for those who choose to advance the causes of social and economic justice in elective office.
The former Denver school superintendent was a surprise pick to fill the Senate vacancy left when Obama tapped Ken Salazar as interior secretary, and he had no experience in elective politics.
This elective is meant to augment the capstone project if the fellow chooses to do a research topic.