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Definition of Elective

Elective

  1. Exerting the power of choice; selecting; as, an elective act.
  2. Pertaining to, or consisting in, choice, or right of choosing; electoral.
  3. Dependent on choice; bestowed or passing by election; as, an elective study; an elective office.
  4. In an American college, an optional study or course of study.

Elective Quotations

Friendships are the family we make - not the one we inherit. I've always been someone to whom friendship, elective affinities, is as important as family.
Salman Rushdie

I rebel at the notion that I can't be part of other groups, that I can't construct identities through elective affinity, that race must be the most important thing about me. Is that what I want on my gravestone: Here lies an African American?
Henry Louis Gates

We stand a better chance with aristocracy, whether hereditary or elective, than with monarchy.
Ezra Stiles

I always knew that I would give back. My mother and my father both believe you have to work hard and give back. That's why I was a volunteer firefighter, that's why I worked in a homeless shelter. I always knew I'd give back, elective office or not.
Thomas Kean, Jr.

A politician never forgets the precarious nature of elective life. We have never established a practice of tenure in public office.
Hubert H. Humphrey
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Elective Translations

elective in German is wahlfrei, wahlberechtigt