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appoint +‎ -ive



  1. Of, pertaining to, or filled by appointment.
    Antonym: elective
    • 1871, Protest of the Cherokee Nation against a Territorial Government, Washington, D.C., p. 8,[1]
      The constitution adopted at Oakmulgee provides for [] the machinery of government in which the governor and legislature are elective by the people. The judges are appointive by the governor []
    • 1898, Paul Laurence Dunbar, The Uncalled, Toronto: George N. Morang, Chapter 12, p. 164,[2]
      “It will be kind of nice, a year before your time, to be standing in the way of any appointive plums that may happen to fall []
    • 1961, Bernard Malamud, A New Life, Penguin, 1968, p. 109,[3]
      ‘It was an appointive job at one time but may not be now. [] Well, whatever the method is, appointive or elective, I have my dough on Gerald. He’s the logical choice.’