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looking for a proper word to say "only a selectful of them", which tries to express that,

  • only a handful of them, not all of them
  • of these a handful, each is carefully selected, not random picked

What would the proper word to use here?

I've found a word "selective", but it doesn't sound right to me as it is normally used as "selective in reading", or "someone is selective".

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    A select few, maybe? Oct 17 '20 at 14:57
  • Oh, as simple as that. Sure, I can accept that @MichaelHarvey
    – xpt
    Oct 17 '20 at 16:11
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The word you are looking for is not “selective” but “selection”:

selection

the action or fact of carefully choosing someone or something as being the best or most suitable.

So you can say:

Only a selection of them.

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