Meaning of “selective” in the English Dictionary

"selective" in English

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uk /sɪˈlek.tɪv/ us /səˈlek.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.

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adverb uk /sɪˈlek.tɪ us /səˈlek.tɪ
noun [ U ] uk /ˌsɪl.ekˈtɪv.ə.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.
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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uk /sɪˈlektɪv/ us

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.

The company has selectively cut back production of denim.
noun [ U ]

The benefit to investors of venture capitalists derives from extreme selectivity in their choice of investments.

(Definition of “selective” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)