E*lect"ive (?), a. [Cf. F. 'electif.]


Exerting the power of choice; selecting; as, an elective act.


Pertaining to, or consisting in, choice, or right of choosing; electoral.

The independent use of their elective franchise. Bancroft.


Dependent on choice; bestowed or passing by election; as, an elective study; an elective office.

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

Elective affinityattraction Chem., a tendency to unite with certain things; chemism.


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E*lect"ive, n.

In an American college, an optional study or course of study.



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