- 1Related to or working by means of election: an elective democracyMore example sentences
- Good thing, then, that elective democracy has a built-in mechanism for removing him.
- Instead, we suffer a good deal more from elective dictatorship, with prime ministers and premiers able to shape the political agenda with a freer hand.
- Looking back on it all many years later in their old age, Thomas Jefferson wrote to his former antagonist John Adams, ‘an elective despotism was not what we fought for’.
- 1.1(Of a person or office) appointed or filled by election: he had never held elective office the National Assembly, with 125 elective membersMore example sentences
- Krugman is not a journalist by training, and he's never held appointive or elective office.
- George Will notes the steadily increasing ranks of African-American Republicans holding significant elective and appointive office.
- And yet, its new Republican governor is perhaps the freest-thinking holder of high elective office in the entire nation.
- 1.2(Of a body or position) possessing or giving the power to elect: powerful Emperors manipulated the elective bodyMore example sentences
- If we cannot elect men with sufficient education and honor even to try to be wise, we can number in a few score the years in which the elective power will remain ours.
- They cower down and allow him to dictate the pace rather than being an elective body.
- In giving the elective power to the states, the framers of the Constitution hoped to protect state independence.
- 2(Of surgical or medical treatment) chosen by the patient rather than urgently necessary: elective surgeryMore example sentences
- Spontaneous abortion refers to pregnancy loss at less than 20 weeks' gestation in the absence of elective medical or surgical measures to terminate the pregnancy.
- Music's soothing effects have been demonstrated in patients undergoing chemotherapy or elective surgery under local or regional anesthesia.
- The reduction in hospital stay was present in all subgroups and most pronounced in the patients undergoing elective surgery for aneurysm who received transfusions.
- 2.1(Of a course of study) chosen by the student rather than compulsory: elective courses on this subject have always been oversubscribedMore example sentences
- The students enrolled in this elective course range from advanced placement to general studies.
- Pharmacy ranked last in permitting overseas research for its faculty members and allowing degree-candidate students to take elective study abroad courses.
- A student research program is conducted concurrently with the elective courses - students with something to say are encouraged to say it.
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- An optional course of study.More example sentences
- In a trade-off, though, Tech College offers far fewer electives, or curricular freedom of any sort.
- He chose a philosophy minor, and several courses in classics as electives.
- As I progressed through school, I chose art classes for electives in junior high and high school because that's what I enjoyed.
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- Adequate preoperative planning, scheduling surgery electively as opposed to emergency and improving nutritional status may be helpful.
- Surgeons often electively repair abdominal aortic aneurysms that measure 4 to 5.5 cm in diameter even though the long-term survival benefit of early elective surgery is uncertain.
- The patient was taken electively to the operating room where a 7.5 cm x 5 cm x 4 cm hard, nodular tumor mass was resected from the neck and anterior mediastinum.
late Middle English: from Old French electif, -ive, from late Latin electivus, from elect- 'picked out', from the verb eligere (see elect).
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