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elective

1 adjective
     
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e‧lec‧tive1 formal
1PPV an elective position or organization is one for which there is an election:
the 34 elective seats in the National Assembly
2MH elective medical treatment is treatment that you choose to have, although you do not have to:
elective surgery such as hip replacements
3 American English an elective course is one that students can choose to take, although they do not have to take it in order to graduate

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