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Published:May 23rd, 2012 10:55 EST
ELECTIVE Comes from the Latin Root "Electus"

ELECTIVE Comes from the Latin Root "Electus"

By Keith Johnson

SOP Word of the Day: Elective 

The word ELECTIVE comes from the Latin root "electus" meaning "choice". So, elective (as an adjective) means "chosen by election" or "option" as in an elective class (noun) you take in school.

The root Electus is also the root of the word election which is the process by which citizens vote to determine a collective result - this could  be political, educational, or even done in your own life among your friends, as friends can elect to choose one way of spending their time against other ways. As cited above, elective can be used as both an adjective and a noun. Just make sure the context is correct and your readers will understand your message.

Example: The elective process is something that will make Democracy strong.

Also: I will be taking three electives at school this semester.

Best Regards


Keith Johnson, Senior Technical Writer & Author
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA

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