Need another word that means the same as “selective”? Find 8 synonyms and 30 related words for “selective” in this overview.
The synonyms of “Selective” are: discriminating, discriminatory, discerning, critical, exacting, demanding, particular, hard to please
Selective as an Adjective
Definitions of "Selective" as an adjective
According to the Oxford Dictionary of English, “selective” as an adjective can have the following definitions:
- Operating at or responding to a particular frequency.
- Tending to select; characterized by careful choice.
- Tending to select; characterized by careful choice- John Mason Brown.
- (of a person) tending to choose carefully.
- Characterized by very careful or fastidious selection.
- (of a process or agent) affecting some things and not others.
- Relating to or involving the selection of the most suitable or best qualified.
Synonyms of "Selective" as an adjective (8 Words)
|critical||Relating to or denoting a point of transition from one state to another.|
A critical edition of a Bach sonata.
|demanding||Requiring more than usually expected or thought due; especially great patience and effort and skill.|
He was a demanding baby and rarely slept through the night.
|discerning||Quick to understand- Nathaniel Hawthorne.|
|discriminating||Showing or indicating careful judgment and discernment especially in matters of taste.|
He became a discriminating collector and patron of the arts.
|discriminatory||Capable of making fine distinctions.|
A discriminatory tax.
|exacting||Requiring precise accuracy.|
Certain highly specialized xerophytes are extremely exacting in their requirements.
|hard to please||Transmitted directly from a pointed light source.|
|particular||First and most important.|
Has a particular preference for Chinese art.
Usage Examples of "Selective" as an adjective
- Modern pesticides are more selective in effect.
- The school was very selective in its admissions.
- He is very selective in his reading.
- The cow is the result of generations of selective breeding.
- A new marine VHF radio with digital selective calling.
- An exceptionally quick and selective reader.
Associations of "Selective" (30 Words)
|accept||Make use of or accept for some purpose.|
I ll accept the charges.
|access||Reach or gain access to.|
Information can be accessed from several files and displayed at the same time.
|adjudicate||Make a formal judgement on a disputed matter.|
The Committee adjudicates on all betting disputes.
|admission||The fee charged for admission.|
The country s admission to the UN.
|alternative||(of one or more things) available as another possibility or choice.|
Alternative possibilities were neutrality or war.
|arbitrary||(of power or a ruling body) unrestrained and autocratic in the use of authority.|
Of arbitrary size and shape.
|choice||One of a number of things from which only one can be chosen.|
This disk drive is the perfect choice for your computer.
|choose||Pick out select or choose from a number of alternatives.|
I always choose the fish over the meat courses in this restaurant.
|chosen||Having been selected as the best or most appropriate.|
She was Mama s chosen.
|decide||Cause to decide.|
We finally decided after lengthy deliberations.
|decision||The ability or tendency to make decisions quickly decisiveness.|
The information was used as the basis for decision.
|elect||Elected but not yet installed in office.|
The elect group of saints which was predestined for heaven.
|entree||An entrance, especially a theatrical entrance onto a stage or as if onto a stage.|
She made a graceful entree into the ballroom.
|exclusive||Catering for or available to only a few, select customers; high class and expensive.|
The problem isn t exclusive to Dublin.
|individually||One by one; singly; separately.|
Taken individually the rooms were in fact square.
|opt||Select as an alternative over another.|
She opted for the job on the East coast.
|option||Buy or sell an option on.|
Choose the cheapest options for supplying energy.
|optional||Available to be chosen but not obligatory.|
A wide range of optional excursions is offered.
|pick||Hit lightly with a picking motion.|
He was picked for the England squad.
|predetermine||Cause to be biased.|
Closed questions almost predetermine the response given.
|preferential||Of or involving preference or partiality; constituting a favour or privilege.|
A preferential shop gives priority or advantage to union members in hiring or promoting.
Five random samplings collected from wild cats.
|scarify||Cut and remove debris from (a lawn) with a scarifier.|
|select||Pick out select or choose from a number of alternatives.|
She selected a pair of shoes from among the dozen the salesgirl had shown her.
|selected||Chosen in preference to another.|
|selection||A plot of land acquired by selection.|
The store carried a large selection of shoes.
|selectively||In a way that involves the selection of only particular people or things.|
He accused state officials of selectively enforcing the law.
|singly||One by one; one at a time.|
He talked to the players singly and in groups.
|specially||For a special purpose.|
An especially or specially cautious approach to the danger.
|unilateral||Involving only one part or side.|
Unilateral cerebral lesions.