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/se·lec·tive/ (sĕ-lek´tiv)
1. having a high degree of selectivity.
2. discriminating; making a choice from multiple alternatives; singling out in preference.


the use of procedures on selected animals contrasted with blanket application to all members of the group.

selective slaughter
slaughter of positive reactors or clinical cases during a disease control program.
selective dry-period mastitis therapy
application of dry period intramammary therapy only to those cows known or suspected of being infected with organisms which cause mastitis; contrasts with blanket therapy in which all cows in the group are treated.

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Q. clonex symptoms in Selective Mutism Syndrome children My son is 6.5 years old, with selective mutism syndrome - in a months time he shall be entering first grade. We have, the past 2 years been with therapists specializing in this field. He has improved outside a closed system i.e. within the kindergarten (primarily) we even see some regression. We have been at major dilemmas with giving him medication but due to the critical time - we were recommended to take 0.125 mg of Clonex medication. we are a little worried and would like to understand the possible symptoms

A. As a benzodiazepin, it can cause drowsiness, weakness and other changes in behavior. There may be some other side-effects, that you can read about here (

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One formal aspect I have found doubtful is the selectiveness in specifying the translators of various bibliographical items.
While current harvesting levels are not as intense as in the past, the selectiveness of current harvesting activity is having a more subtle impact on future resource composition and structure.
The price for such coherence may be a certain selectiveness in the literature--almost entirely in German--and consequently for the status quaestionis of each area confronted.
To Weld, the principle of secrecy and selectiveness inherent in the rituals and function of the Dominion Grange was entirely necessary to create a "bond of honour" among different parties of farmers.
This lack of selectiveness is the tragedy of both John Montague's and Peter Kavanagh's editions of the poet's Collected or Complete Poems, which both amassed all the verse he had ever published, rather than deciding on what was worthy of inclusion in a definitive volume of collected poems (which cannot have helped his poetic reputation)--a mistake Quinn's own new Collected Poems seeks to rectify.
approach to creating viable security frameworks, however: selectiveness.
Talent, selectiveness, and differentiation are quickly becoming buzzwords in higher education policy and practice in the Netherlands.
But the majority of the volume decline is not an exit of a category or a discontinuance of a SKU, it's more of a selectiveness of what we sell, the prices [at which] we sell them and the promotions with our key retailers.
Selectiveness sets the great seafood restaurants apart.
The sheer amount of evidence being made available will often necessitate some degree of selectiveness (Silverman, 1998).
The first is that if selectiveness is common and indispensable in language use it should be accepted as an appropriate communication device.