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selective

adjective
 
 
/sɪˈlektɪv/
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 granting new loans.
affecting or relating to some things or people, and not others: Higher costs will be offset by higher sales volumes and selective price increases. We aim to provide selective access to suppliers and customers through extranets. a selective approach
involving the choice of the most suitable or best: We want to open more branches, make selective acquisitions, and extend our product range. Investments will be selective and disciplined.
selectively adverb selectivity noun [U]
(Definition of selective from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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