If your mother only remembers the good things and not the bad, she has a selective memory. If a school chooses to offer only a few students spots, it is selective. Selective means characterized by choice.

When you are looking for someone to date, you will get advice as to how selective to be. Some people will suggest that you cast a wide net, choosing to date a lot of people in hopes that one will be right. Others will recommend that you be more selective, choosing to date only people that fit a set of criteria. If you are a male, you will have to register with Selective Service, a database the military selects from if there is ever a draft, when you turn 18.

Definitions of selective

adj characterized by very careful or fastidious selection

“the school was very selective in its admissions”
excluding much or all; especially all but a particular group or minority

adj tending to select; characterized by careful choice

“"an exceptionally quick and selective reader"- John Mason Brown”
showing or indicating careful judgment and discernment especially in matters of taste

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