how to pronounce selective


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The above transcription of selective is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association. You can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

selective is pronounced in three syllables

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An example use of selective in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… are from the 7% of selective schools so …”

meanings of selective


  1. Having the authority or capability to make a selection.
  2. Choosy, fussy or discriminating when selecting.
  3. Of or relating to the process of selection.
  4. Of or relating to natural selection.

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