3 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Elective \E*lect"ive\, noun In an American college, an optional study or course of study; a course that is not required. [Colloq.]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Elective \E*lect"ive\, adjective [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. Bestowed or passing by election; as, an elective office.

Kings of Rome were at first elective; . . . for such are the conditions of an elective kingdom. --Dryden.

4. Dependent on choice; that can be refused; as, an elective college course. Opposite of {required} or {mandatory}. [1913 Webster +PJC]

{Elective affinity} or {Elective attraction} (Chem.), a tendency to unite with certain things; chemism.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: subject to popular election; "elective official" [syn: {elective}, {elected}] [ant: {appointed}, {appointive}]

2: not compulsory; "elective surgery"; "an elective course of study"


1: a course that the student can select from among alternatives [syn: {elective course}, {elective}]

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