Usage examples for selective

  1. The War Department will make its recommendations as to the need for the extension of Selective Service in sufficient time to enable the Congress to take action prior to the expiration of the present law on March 31st. – Complete State of the Union Addresses from 1790 to the Present by Various
  2. A selective action is often manifested, those persons who have eaten the incriminated food substance raw or imperfectly cooked being most seriously affected, while those who have partaken of the same food after cooking remain exempt. – Food Poisoning by Edwin Oakes Jordan
  3. Chemical force is selective; it is not promiscuous and indiscriminate like gravity, but specific and individual. – The Breath of Life by John Burroughs
  4. No one knows what goes on in an active nerve, or why atoms are selective in their associates. – The Shadow World by Hamlin Garland
  5. You might know there was a place even more selective than your area, but exactly how many layers of the onion stood between you and the most exclusive section was anyone's guess. – Underground by Suelette Dreyfus
  6. This is done by tuning in a certain selective attraction that attracts only talc. – Astounding Stories of Super-Science April 1930 by Various
  7. Wolff, De Saussure, and other chemists have done yeoman service in showing that different plants, growing in the same soil, contain different proportions of mineral substances; but it was by means of water- cultures, and other physiological researches, such as those of Pfeffer on osmotic phenomena and of Schwarz and Molisch on root- hairs, that the puzzling question of selective absorption, by means of the living root- hairs, came into the arena of our knowledge. – Disease in Plants by H. Marshall Ward
  8. The only thing noticeably unusual on the surface was that it was extremely selective in its approval of students who applied for courses in barbering. – Rebels of the Red Planet by Charles Louis Fontenay
  9. Let us see what types of animals were thus preferred to them in the next great application of selective processes. – The Story of Evolution by Joseph McCabe
  10. It must be added that the advocates of the advantages of war are not entitled to claim this process of selective breeding as one of the advantages of war. – The Task of Social Hygiene by Havelock Ellis
  11. Our acceptance, therefore, of the Darwinian hypothesis must be provisional so long as one link in the chain of evidence is wanting; and so long as all the animals and plants certainly produced by selective breeding from a common stock are fertile, and their progeny are fertile one with another, that link will be wanting. – What is Darwinism? by Charles Hodge
  12. The current impulse, being very powerful, will enable messages to be sent to great distances, and as the number of oscillations per second can be controlled, this permits of selective signaling. – The Universe a Vast Electric Organism by George Woodward Warder
  13. That majority, in the nature of things, is unable to give the concentrated attention, still less the selective appreciation, which literature of the higher order requires. – Personality in Literature by Rolfe Arnold Scott-James
  14. Our policy has been selective rather than restrictive. – Modern American Prose Selections by Various
  15. The principle of " selective conscription" is that the authorities shall have the right to exempt from military duty among those registered such persons whose employment in civil life is necessary to the maintenance of the industries and business of the country, as well as those who, though physically fit, have others dependent upon them for support. – Kelly Miller's History of the World War for Human Rights by Kelly Miller
  16. With the greatly increased cost of construction and operation, it has become necessary to plan in advance, by community organization and selective agriculture, methods sufficient to repay these increasing outlays. – State of the Union Addresses of Calvin Coolidge by Calvin Coolidge
  17. There's enough dumpsters out this way, I could spend fifty or sixty hours going through them all, so I've got to be selective. – Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town by Cory Doctorow