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αἱρετ-ός, ή, όν, that may be taken or conquered, δόλῳ Hdt.4.201; to be understood, Pl.Phd. 81b.

II. (αἱρέομαι) to be chosen, eligible, opp. φευκτός, Pl.Phlb. 21d sq., Arist.EN1097a32, etc.: freq. in Comp. or Sup., Hdt.1.126, 156, al.; ζόης πονηρᾶς θάνατος αἱρετώτερος A.Fr.401.

2. chosen, elected, esp. opp. κληρωτός, Isoc.12.154, Pl.Lg.759b, Arist.Pol.1294b9, cf. Pl.Lg.915c, Aeschin.3.13; αἱ. βασιλῆς Pl.Mx.238d; τυραννίς Arist.Pol.1285a31:—
αἱ. ἄνδρες commissioners, Plu.Lyc.26. οἱ αἱ. X. An.1.3.21: = Lat.optiones, Lyd.Mag.1.46.

3. that may be chosen, opp. αἱρετέος (q.v.), Chrysipp.Stoic.3.22.