selective

  • 1 selective — UK US /sɪˈlektɪv/ adjective ► intentionally choosing certain things or people, and not others: be selective about sth »We need to be more selective about the people we hire. be selective in sth/doing sth »Banks have become more selective in… …

    Financial and business terms

  • 2 Selective — Se*lect ive, a. Selecting; tending to select. [1913 Webster] This selective providence of the Almighty. Bp. Hall. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 selective — (adj.) 1620s; see SELECT (Cf. select) + IVE (Cf. ive). Related: Selectively; selectiveness. Selective service is from 1917, American English …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 selective — index adoptive, discretionary, discriminating (distinguishing), discriminating (judicious), disjunctive (alternative …

    Law dictionary

  • 5 selective — [adj] discriminating careful, choicy, choosy, discerning, discriminatory, eclectic, fussy, judicious, particular, persnickety*, picky, scrupulous, select; concepts 404,542 Ant. open, uncaring, undiscriminating, unselective …

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  • 6 selective — ► ADJECTIVE 1) relating to or involving selection. 2) tending to choose carefully. 3) (of a process or agent) affecting some things and not others. DERIVATIVES selectively adverb selectiveness noun selectivity noun …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 selective — [sə lek′tiv] adj. 1. of or characterized by selection 2. a) having the power of selecting; tending to select b) tending to select carefully; fastidious; discriminating 3. Radio excluding oscillations on all frequencies except the one desired… …

    English World dictionary

  • 8 selective — [[t]sɪle̱ktɪv[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED: ADJ n A selective process applies only to a few things or people. Selective breeding may result in a greyhound running faster and seeing better than a wolf. ...selective education. Derived words: selectively ADV… …

    English dictionary

  • 9 selective — adj. VERBS ▪ be ADVERB ▪ extremely, fairly, very, etc. ▪ highly ▪ increasi …

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  • 10 selective — se|lec|tive [sıˈlektıv] adj 1.) careful about what you choose to do, buy, allow etc selective about/in ▪ We re very selective about what we let the children watch. ▪ selective schools (=that choose which students to accept) ▪ He has a very… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 11 selective —    indiscriminate    It denotes various military activities, where you wish to play down the horror. Selective ordnance is usually napalm, less widely destructive than a nuclear blast but hardly discriminating in its victims. A selective strike… …

    How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • 12 selective — adjective a) Of or pertaining to the process of selection. Hes very selective and spent hours in the store choosing a new shirt. b) Choosy, fussy or discriminating when selecting. In the USA, military conscription is controlled by the Selective… …

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  • 13 selective — se|lec|tive [ sı lektıv ] adjective ** 1. ) careful about what you choose or accept 2. ) accepting or using only some things, not the things you do not want: Selective breeding has given us much leaner turkeys. a selective memory (=remembering or …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 14 selective */*/ — UK [sɪˈlektɪv] / US adjective 1) careful about what you choose or accept 2) a) accepting or using only some things, and not the things that you do not want Selective breeding has given us much leaner turkeys. a selective memory (= remembering or… …

    English dictionary

  • 15 selective — adjective Date: 1625 1. of, relating to, or characterized by selection ; selecting or tending to select 2. highly specific in activity or effect < selective pesticides > < selective absorption > • selectively adverb • selectiveness noun • …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 16 selective — se·lec·tive sə lek tiv adj 1) of, relating to, or characterized by selection: selecting or tending to select 2) highly specific in activity or effect <selective pesticides> <selective permeability of a plasma membrane> se·lec·tive·ly… …

    Medical dictionary

  • 17 selective — adjective 1 careful about what you choose to do, buy, allow etc (+ about): We re very selective about what we let the children watch on TV. 2 affecting or concerning the best or most suitable people or things from a larger group: the selective… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 18 selective — [sɪˈlektɪv] adj 1) careful about what you choose or accept He is very selective in his reading.[/ex] 2) accepting or using only some things or people selective schools[/ex] selectively [sɪˈlektɪvli] adv …

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  • 19 sélective — ● sélectif, sélective adjectif Qui opère une sélection ou qui repose sur une sélection, un choix : Recrutement sélectif …

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  • 20 selective — adjective he s very selective about his coffee Syn: discerning, discriminating, discriminatory, critical, exacting, demanding, particular; fussy, fastidious; informal choosy, persnickety, picky, finicky …

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