Etymology
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selective (adj.)

1620s; see select (adj.) + -ive. Related: Selectively; selectiveness. Selective service is from 1917, American English.

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Definitions of selective

selective (adj.)
tending to select; characterized by careful choice; "an exceptionally quick and selective reader"- John Mason Brown;
selective (adj.)
characterized by very careful or fastidious selection;
the school was very selective in its admissions
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