[ US /səˈɫɛktɪv/ ]
[ UK /sɪlˈɛktɪv/ ]
  1. tending to select; characterized by careful choice
    an exceptionally quick and selective reader
  2. characterized by very careful or fastidious selection
    the school was very selective in its admissions
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How To Use selective In A Sentence

  • I was talking to a mom today whose daughter's elementary teacher said she was afraid that her daughter had "selective mutism. Canard - French Word-A-Day
  • Non-selective NSAID therapy may be appropriate for chronic pain management in aspirin users given that suitable GI prophylactic measures are utilized in high-risk patients.
  • I quote it at length, with O'Reilly's rather selective quotation in boldface.
  • One wonders how Ecevit, with his exaggeration and selective memory, can have an objective and nonaggressive attitude toward a fair solution in Cyprus. Europe's Highs And Lows
  • The arbiter device receives requests for data transfers from the master devices and selectively transmits the requests to the slave devices.
  • Histones physically control access to genes, and adding small functional groups such as acetyl or methyl units to them can selectively switch certain genes on and off. Innovations-report
  • The interpretation of scripture was polarized between the selective literalism of Calvinism and the more liberal application found within the teachings of Arminius.
  • Hunters selectively cull the does to make more forage available for the bucks.
  • Activated ROCK induces neurite retraction [5] while selective ROCK inhibitor, Y-27632, as well as ROCK dominant negative mutants promote neurite formation PLoS ONE Alerts: New Articles
  • In real life, your selectiveness is a plus for your team, but it's keeping you out of this contest. SI.com
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