• IPA: /səˈlɛktɪv/


  1. Of or relating to the process of selection.
  2. (biology) Of or relating to natural selection.
    selective pressure
  3. (of a person) choosy, fussy or discriminating when selecting.
    He's very selective and spent hours in the store choosing a new shirt.
  4. (chiefly, US, not comparable) Having the authority or capability to make a selection.
    In the USA, military conscription is controlled by the Selective Service.
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