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Meaning of “selective” in the English Dictionary

"selective" in British English

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selectiveadjective

uk   us   /sɪˈlek.tɪv/
C1 intentionallychoosing some things and not ​others: As a ​teacher she was very selective, ​accepting only a ​smallnumber of ​exceptionallygiftedpupils. He ​seemed to have a very selective ​recall of past ​events.

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selectively
adverb uk   us   /-li/
selectivity
noun [U] uk   /ˌsɪl.ekˈtɪv.ɪ.ti/  us   /səˌlekˈtɪv.ə.t̬i/ (also selectiveness, uk   /-nəs/ us   )
(Definition of selective from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"selective" in American English

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selectiveadjective [not gradable]

 us   /səˈlek·tɪv/
careful in ​choosing: The ​school is very selective and ​accepts only those ​students who are ​extremely motivated.
selectively
adverb  /səˈlek·tɪv·li/
Purebred ​dogs have been selectively bred for thousands of ​years in some ​cases.
(Definition of selective from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"selective" in Business English

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selectiveadjective

uk   us   /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 ​highersalesvolumes and selective ​priceincreases. 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 ​productrange. Investments will be selective and ​disciplined.
selectively
adverb
The ​company has selectively ​cut back ​production of denim.
selectivity
noun [U]
The ​benefit to ​investors of ​venturecapitalists derives from extreme selectivity in their ​choice of ​investments.
(Definition of selective from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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