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adjective elective pronunciation in American English /ɪˈlektɪv/

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  1. 1
    an elective position is one that someone holds because people have voted for them
  2. 2
    elective medical treatment is treatment that you choose to have, rather than treatment that is necessary
    1. a.
      American an elective class or course in school or college is one that you choose to take, rather than one that you must take

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