Definition of 'elective'
Example sentences containing 'elective'
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Britain is not a permanent elective dictatorship.Times, Sunday Times (2006)
Choice and competition for elective procedures such as hip replacements should be a spur to provide the best care.Times, Sunday Times (2011)
Health tourists seeking cosmetic or elective surgery abroad will be able to buy insurance that will cover them against mishaps.Times, Sunday Times (2009) Christianity Today (2000) Times, Sunday Times (2011)
Patients can expect increased rationing of some elective operations, such as hip replacements and cataracts.Times, Sunday Times (2010)
Students can study the core options in ten months or less, with the elective subjects spread over six months.Times, Sunday Times (2009)
Since my election we have regained a wide range of elective surgery and have seen improvements to urgent care and continue to fight for more.Times, Sunday Times (2009)
The second phase allows students to tailor the course, with elective modules in areas such as accounting and general management.Times, Sunday Times (2008)
Furthermore, abortion is an elective procedure so the woman seeking advice should not rely on the opinion of one person.Times, Sunday Times (2006)
The increase in elective plastic surgery suggests that we are becoming more, not less obsessed with age as a society.Times, Sunday Times (2006)
People dislike the elective dictatorship.Times, Sunday Times (2010)
The rationing of some elective procedures is what the budget demands - who would prioritise a tattoo removal over a cancer treatment?Times, Sunday Times (2010)
But as has already happened to me twice, my elective surgery was cancelled when the slot was needed for a trauma case.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
A spokesman confirmed it was'a oneoff programme to tackle the sharp rise in demand for elective surgery.The Sun (2014)
It was not an elective office; it was little-known.The Complete Stories Volume 2 (1995)
Left-wing Democrats hoping for an elective dictatorship to tame US capitalism and socialise medicine will have to dream on.Times, Sunday Times (2009)
Though less alarming than forced abortions, the elective abortion of female foetuses is having a widespread and damaging effect on Chinese society as a whole.Times, Sunday Times (2012)
The second year is largely made up of elective courses; students can opt for specialist tracks such as general management, biotechnology and financial engineering.Times, Sunday Times (2008)
They expanded significantly after 2007 and by last year there were 161 such centres treating hundreds of thousands of patients a year for common elective procedures.Times, Sunday Times (2012)
And if they do it, and are found guilty, their election will be void and they are disqualified from holding elective office for three years.Times, Sunday Times (2010)
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