how to pronounce selective


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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.

selective frequency in english - C2 level of CEFR

the word selective occurs in english on average 3.5 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics selective can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that selective can be often used in the following areas:

1) communication, information, and media;

2) life, nature, and living environment;

3) people, society, and culture;

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