Elective affinity

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In chemistry, elective affinity (CR:202) (LH:5) (TL:207) is a synonym of “affinity” (Magnus, 1250), clarified with the word “elective”, loosely thematic to the question of the choice or “election” of one chemical to another; the term “election” to embrace or expel, in reference to chemicals, was used by Bacon (1620); the term elective attractions became popular after Bergman’s Dissertation on Elective Attractions (1775).


The following are quotes:

“It is certain that all bodies whatsoever, though they have no sense, yet they have perception; for when one body is applied to another, there is a kind of election to embrace that which is agreeable, and to exclude or expel that which is ingrate; and whether the body be alterant or altered, evermore perception precedeth operation; for else all bodies would be like one to another.”
Francis Bacon (1620), Publication[1]

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See also



  1. Levere, Trever .(1993). Affinity and Matter – Elements of Chemical Philosophy, 1800-1865 (pg. #). Taylor & Francis.
  2. Human elective affinity – Hmolpedia 2020.

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