selective

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See also: sélective

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selective (comparative more selective, superlative most selective)

  1. Of or relating to the process of selection. (Can we add an example for this sense?)
  2. (biology) Of or relating to natural selection.
    selective pressure
  3. (of a person) choosy, fussy or discriminating when selecting.
    He's very selective and spent hours in the store choosing a new shirt.
  4. (chiefly US, not comparable) Having the authority or capability to make a selection.
    In the USA, military conscription is controlled by the Selective Service.

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