Elective

Definition of Elective

E`lect´ive
a.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.
Elective affinity
(Chem.) a tendency to unite with certain things; chemism.
n.1.In an American college, an optional study or course of study; a course that is not required.

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