(noun, adjective)


1. subject to popular election

- elective official

Similar word(s): electoral, nonappointive, elected

2. not compulsory

- elective surgery

- an elective course of study

Similar word(s): optional, facultative

Sentences with elective as an adjective:

- My insurance wouldn't pay for the operation because it was elective surgery.


1. a course that the student can select from among alternatives

Definition categories: act, class, course