selective UK US /sɪˈlektɪv/ adjective
intentionally choosing certain things or people, and not others: be selective about sth »

We need to be more selective about the people we hire.

be selective in sth/doing sth »

Banks have become more selective in granting new loans.

affecting or relating to some things or people, and not others: »

Higher costs will be offset by higher sales volumes and selective price increases.


We aim to provide selective access to suppliers and customers through extranets.


a selective approach

involving the choice of the most suitable or best: »

We want to open more branches, make selective acquisitions, and extend our product range.


Investments will be selective and disciplined.

selectively adverb

The company has selectively cut back production of denim.

selectivity noun [U]

The benefit to investors of venture capitalists derives from extreme selectivity in their choice of investments.

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • selective — ► ADJECTIVE 1) relating to or involving selection. 2) tending to choose carefully. 3) (of a process or agent) affecting some things and not others. DERIVATIVES selectively adverb selectiveness noun selectivity noun …   English terms dictionary

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  • selective — se|lec|tive [sıˈlektıv] adj 1.) careful about what you choose to do, buy, allow etc selective about/in ▪ We re very selective about what we let the children watch. ▪ selective schools (=that choose which students to accept) ▪ He has a very… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • selective —    indiscriminate    It denotes various military activities, where you wish to play down the horror. Selective ordnance is usually napalm, less widely destructive than a nuclear blast but hardly discriminating in its victims. A selective strike… …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

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