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

  Elective \E*lect"ive\, n.
     In an American college, an optional study or course of study;
     a course that is not required. [Colloq.]
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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.
        [1913 Webster +PJC]
  
     Elective affinity or Elective attraction (Chem.), a
        tendency to unite with certain things; chemism.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  elective
      adj 1: subject to popular election; "elective official" [syn:
             elective, elected] [ant: appointed, appointive]
      2: not compulsory; "elective surgery"; "an elective course of
         study"
      n 1: a course that the student can select from among
           alternatives [syn: elective course, elective]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  75 Moby Thesaurus words for "elective":
     academic specialty, adoptive, alternative, appointive, arbitrary,
     area, autonomous, choosing, choosy, classical education,
     constituent, core curriculum, course, course of study, curriculum,
     discipline, discretional, discretionary, discriminating,
     disjunctive, eclectic, electoral, field, free, free will,
     general education, general studies, gratuitous, humanities,
     independent, liberal arts, major, minor, nonmandatory, offered,
     optional, particular, proffered, proseminar, quadrivium,
     refresher course, scientific education, selecting, selective,
     self-acting, self-active, self-determined, self-determining,
     seminar, specialty, spontaneous, study, subdiscipline, subject,
     technical education, trivium, unasked, unbesought, unbidden,
     uncalled-for, uncoerced, uncompelled, unforced, uninfluenced,
     uninvited, unpressured, unprompted, unrequested, unrequired,
     unsolicited, unsought, volitional, voluntary, volunteer, willful
  
  

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