1. graded adjective & adjective [ADJ n]
A selective process applies only to a few things or people. ⇒ Selective breeding may result in a greyhound running faster and seeing better than a wolf. ⇒ ...selective education.
adverb [usu ADV with v] ⇒ Within the project, trees are selectively cut on a 25-year rotation. selectivity (sɪlektɪvɪti
) uncountable noun ⇒ The soldiers specialized in going out in small groups, to kill with a very high degree of selectivity. 2. graded adjective & adjective [usu v-link ADJ] When someone is selective, they choose things carefully, for example the things that they buy or do. ⇒ Sales still happen, but buyers are more selective. ⇒ If public figures seek publicity to further their careers, they can't be selective about it. selectively
graded adverb & adverb [ADV with v] ⇒ ...people on small incomes who wanted to shop selectively. 3. graded adjective & adjective [usu ADJ n] If you say that someone has a selective memory, you disapprove of the fact that they remember certain facts about something and deliberately forget others, often because it is convenient for them to do so. [disapproval] ⇒ We seem to have a selective memory for the best bits of the past. ⇒ Mr Robins, suffering from selective amnesia about his role in the affair, was contradicted in nearly every instance by other witnesses. selectively
graded adverb & adverb [ADV with v] ⇒ ...a tendency to selectively forget all the adverse effects of the drug.
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