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selective

adjective uk   /sɪˈlek.tɪv/ us  
C1 intentionally choosing some things and not others: As a teacher she was very selective, accepting only a small number of exceptionally gifted pupils. He seemed to have a very selective recall of past events.Taking and choosing
selectively
adverb uk   /-li/ us  
Taking and choosing
selectivity
noun [U] uk   /ˌsɪl.ekˈtɪv.ɪ.ti/ us    /səˌlekˈtɪv.ə.t̬i/ (also selectiveness,   /-nəs/   )
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