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Definition of "selective" []

  • Of or characterized by selection; discriminating. (adjective)
  • Empowered or tending to select. (adjective)
  • Electronics Able to reject frequencies other than the one selected or tuned. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "selective" in a sentence
  • "When they were recently asked whether the current administration is seeking to privatize public education, a couple of PA State Senators used the term "selective dismantling" in discussions with school board members and superintendents in Delaware County."
  • "I'm shocked they would use the term 'selective default.'"
  • "In concluding his defense, Griffiths returns to what he calls the selective prosecution of these proceedings as Mr. Taylor is the first African leader to be tried in person."