Meaning of “elective” in the English Dictionary

"elective" in British English

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electiveadjective

uk /iˈlek.tɪv/ us /iˈlek.tɪv/ formal

electivenoun [ C ]

uk /iˈlek.tɪv/ us /iˈlek.tɪv/

a subject that someone can choose to study as part of a course:

During the MBA you will choose ten to twelve electives from a large and varied portfolio.

(Definition of “elective” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"elective" in American English

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electiveadjective [ not gradable ]

us /ɪˈlek·tɪv/

chosen or decided by voting:

an elective office

Elective also means chosen but not necessary:

elective surgery

(Definition of “elective” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)