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American English: /səˈlɛktɪv/
British English: /sɪˈlɛktɪv/

Translation of selective in Spanish:


  • 1
    (school) (que emplea un procedimiento selectivo para la admisión de alumnos)
    you've got a conveniently selective memory
    solo te acuerdas de lo que te conviene
    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.
    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.
  • 2 (discriminating) (predicative) to be selectivewe can't invite everyone, we'll have to be selective
    no podemos invitarlos a todos, tendremos que elegir or escoger a quién
    he's fairly selective about who he mixes with
    elige or escoge mucho sus amistades
    you have to be selective in what you watch
    tienes que elegir or escoger con criterio lo que vas a ver
    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.
  • 3 (Electronics)
    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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