- 1Relating to or involving the selection of the most suitable or best qualified: the cow is the result of generations of selective breedingMore example sentences
- Finally, I do not understand the motivation of selective breeding.
- The banana's main problem is that it has become sterile and seedless as a result of 10,000 years of selective breeding.
- Furthermore, the ancient cult is explicitly designed to maintain racial purity through selective breeding.
- 1.1(Of a person) tending to choose carefully: he is very selective in his readingMore example sentences
- He was also selective in picking objects for his paintings and was very careful in depicting them, too.
- Once again, the authors are highly selective in the arguments that they choose to explore.
- Most people are very selective in who they refer, realizing that their credibility is on the line if that person is hired.
- 1.2(Of a process or agent) affecting some things and not others: modern pesticides are more selective in effectMore example sentences
- The acquisition of reading and writing skills was a socially selective process.
- It can then be argued that treatment effects result from selective attrition of higher risk cases.
- The editing of my films is a long and selective process.
- 1.3chiefly Electronics Operating at or responding to a particular frequency: a new marine VHF radio with digital selective callingMore example sentences
- Such selective frequency absorbing photovoltaics will then allow houses to be different colors.
- Antennas with high gain, selective patterns and high efficiency can assure that networks are reliable and perform at the best.
- Previous work has shown that recurrent selective sweeps lead to a strong skew in the frequency spectrum toward an excess of rare variants.
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- Am I being selectively harsh on these people or are they merely being clear about what matters to them?
- Then selectively enforce it against anyone who is troublesome by suing them.
- Academia must engage with the media selectively and on its own terms.
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- The undisciplined selectiveness that is characteristic of liberal reformers does serious violence to the traditions of Islam without offering a coherent replacement for them.
- In the recent organic-bashing articles, the selectiveness of the facts and statistics, and spin of the interpretation, varies from predictable and familiar journalistic guile
- In some instances the translations are not very good, but the main objection is the selectiveness of the material.