OPTIONAL: Synonyms and Related Words. What is Another Word for OPTIONAL?

Need another word that means the same as “optional”? Find 8 synonyms and 30 related words for “optional” in this overview.

The synonyms of “Optional” are: voluntary, discretionary, not required, up to the individual, elective, free, open, unforced

Optional as an Adjective

Definitions of "Optional" as an adjective

According to the Oxford Dictionary of English, “optional” as an adjective can have the following definitions:

  • Available to be chosen but not obligatory.
  • Possible but not necessary; left to personal choice.

Synonyms of "Optional" as an adjective (8 Words)

discretionaryAvailable for use at the discretion of the user.
Discretionary portfolios.
elective(of a body or position) possessing or giving the power to elect.
Elective surgery.
freeUsing or expending something without restraint; lavish.
A free country.
not requiredRequired by rule.
openOf a vowel produced with a relatively wide opening of the mouth and the tongue kept low.
The party s commitment to open government.
unforcedNot resulting from undue effort; not forced.
An unforced cheerfulness.
up to the individualOpen.
voluntaryControlled by individual volition.
Voluntary manslaughter.

Usage Examples of "Optional" as an adjective

  • A wide range of optional excursions is offered.

Associations of "Optional" (30 Words)

abstentionRestraint in one’s consumption; abstinence.
A resolution passed by 126 votes to none with six abstentions.
accessorySomeone who helps another person commit a crime.
She was charged as an accessory to murder.
alternativeNecessitating a choice between mutually exclusive possibilities.
An alternative lifestyle.
ballotVote by ballot.
If the offer is oversubscribed acceptances will be balloted.
choiceAn act of choosing between two or more possibilities.
Your choice of colors was unfortunate.
choosePick out select or choose from a number of alternatives.
I always choose the fish over the meat courses in this restaurant.
chosenHaving been selected as the best or most appropriate.
She was Mama s chosen.
decideCause to decide.
I ve decided to stay on a bit.
electSelected as the best.
I elected to have my funds deposited automatically.
electionThe status or fact of being elected.
His election to the House of Representatives.
electiveNot compulsory.
An elective course of study.
electorIn the US a member of the electoral college.
Close to 60 per cent of the 60 000 registered electors voted.
hustingsA meeting at which candidates in an election address potential voters.
I was out on the hustings talking to people.
incomingThe act of entering.
Keep an account of your incomings and outgoings.
individuallyOne by one; singly; separately.
Dublin people dress more individually than people in London.
menu(computer science) a list of options available to a computer user.
They worked rapidly down the menu of reports.
optMake a choice from a range of possibilities.
Consumers will opt for low priced goods.
optionBuy or sell an option on.
She was given the option of resigning or being dismissed.
pickHit lightly with a picking motion.
He was my pick for mayor.
predeterminePredestine (an outcome or course of events.
A strong sense that life had been predetermined.
preferGive preference to one creditor over another.
We prefer sleeping outside.
referendumA legislative act is referred for final approval to a popular vote by the electorate.
scarifyMake shallow incisions in (the skin), especially as a medical procedure or traditional cosmetic practice.
Scarify soil.
selectSelected or chosen for special qualifications.
Click Tools on the menu bar and select Settings.
selectionA plot of land acquired by selection.
The publication of a selection of his poems.
selective(of a process or agent) affecting some things and not others.
He is very selective in his reading.
selectivelyBy selection; in a selective manner.
He accused state officials of selectively enforcing the law.
singlyOne by one; one at a time.
He talked to the players singly and in groups.
suffrage(in the Book of Common Prayer) the intercessory petitions pronounced by a priest in the Litany.
The suffrages of the community.
voteCause someone to gain or lose a particular post or honour by means of a vote.
The referendum call was voted down.

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