Selective

A term applied mainly to herbicides or insecticides, capable of killing some kind of plants or insects and not others.

Selective

• (a.) Selecting; tending to select.
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selective

adjective tending to select; characterized by careful choice; `an exceptionally quick and selective reader`- John Mason Brown
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Selective

Se¬∑lect'ive adjective Selecting; tending to select. « This selective providence of the Almighty.» Bp. Hall.
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selective

a pest control designed to target a specific, select type of plant, insect or animal, controlling a narrow spectrum of pests. For example, a selective herbicide is a plant control that targets only broadleaf weeds or only grasses, leaving the other plant type uninjured. See also: non-selective, pesticide.
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Selective

Applied to a trade policy, this means one that affects only some countries, not all, in contrast to MFN policy. Selectivity is an important concern in the use of safeguards, which countries often would prefer to make selective but are required by GATT Article XIX to be nondiscriminatory.
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selective

selective 1. Applying to some but not to others. 2. Tending to make careful choices.
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selective

[adj] - characterized by very careful or fastidious selection 2. [adj] - tending to select
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