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selective

adjective     /sɪˈlek.tɪv/
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     /-li/ adverb Taking and choosing selectivity     /ˌsɪl.ekˈtɪv.ɪ.ti/ US  /səˌlekˈtɪv.ə.t̬i/ noun [U] (also selectiveness,   /-nəs/   )
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