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1       adj   A selective process applies only to a few things or people.  
ADJ n  
Selective breeding may result in a greyhound running faster and seeing better than a wolf.     
  selectively      adv   usu ADV with v  
Within the project, trees are selectively cut on a 25-year rotation.     
  selectivity      n-uncount   usu with supp  
The soldiers specialized in going out in small groups, to kill with a very high degree of selectivity.     
2       adj   When someone is selective, they choose things carefully, for example the things that they buy or do.  
usu v-link ADJ  
Sales still happen, but buyers are more selective...     
  selectively      adv   ADV with v  
...people on small incomes who wanted to shop selectively.     
3       adj   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.  
usu ADJ n     (disapproval)    We seem to have a selective memory for the best bits of the past...     
  selectively      adv   ADV with v  
...a tendency to selectively forget all the adverse effects of the drug.     

selective service     
In the United States, selective service is a system of selecting and ordering young men to serve in the armed forces for a limited period of time.      n-uncount  
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