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

  • adj. Of or characterized by selection; discriminating.
  • adj. Empowered or tending to select.
  • adj. Electronics Able to reject frequencies other than the one selected or tuned.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or pertaining to the process of selection.
  • adj. choosy, fussy or discriminating when selecting.
  • adj. Having the authority or capability to make a selection.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Selecting; tending to select.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of, pertaining to, or characterized by selection or choice; selecting; using that which is selected or choice.

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

  • adj. characterized by very careful or fastidious selection
  • adj. tending to select; characterized by careful choice


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