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 for Elective affinity
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Elective \E*lect"ive\, a. [Cf. F. ['e]lectif.]
     1. Exerting the power of choice; selecting; as, an elective
        act.
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     2. Pertaining to, or consisting in, choice, or right of
        choosing; electoral.
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              The independent use of their elective franchise.
                                                    --Bancroft.
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     3. Bestowed or passing by election; as, an elective office.
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              Kings of Rome were at first elective; . . . for such
              are the conditions of an elective kingdom. --Dryden.
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     4. Dependent on choice; that can be refused; as, an elective
        college course. Opposite of required or mandatory.
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     Elective affinity or Elective attraction (Chem.), a
        tendency to unite with certain things; chemism.
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