AskDefine | Define elective

Dictionary Definition

elective adj
1 subject to popular election; "elective official" [syn: elected] [ant: appointive]
2 not compulsory; "elective surgery"; "an elective course of study"

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  1. Of, or pertaining to voting or elections
  2. That involves a choice between options; optional or discretionary


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Extensive Definition

Elective used as a adjective means that it is optional and chosen, for example, by election. An elective, a noun, chosen by a student means that it is an optional subject or course in a curriculum.
Elective is a term used for an academic course chosen by the student from a set of options, as opposed to a required course. For example, an undergraduate college may require students studying psychology to take six required courses and four electives, chosen from a list of ten options.
The term elective is also used for a period of medical study conducted away from the student's home medical school, often abroad.

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