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English definition of “elective”

elective

adjective uk   /ɪˈlek.tɪv/ formal us  
voted for or chosen: an elective office elective surgery

elective

noun [C] uk   /ɪˈlek.tɪv/ us  
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.
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