noun \i-ˈlek-shən\

: the act or process of choosing someone for a public office by voting

: the fact of being elected

Full Definition of ELECTION

a :  an act or process of electing <the election of a new governor>
b :  the fact of being elected <her election to the Senate>
:  predestination to eternal life
:  the right, power, or privilege of making a choice

Examples of ELECTION

  1. He's favored to win the election.
  2. The scandal may affect his chances for election.
  3. Her election to the Senate was a surprise to many.

First Known Use of ELECTION

13th century


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Formal process by which voters make their political choices on public issues or candidates for public office. The use of elections in the modern era dates to the emergence of representative government in Europe and North America since the 17th century. Regular elections serve to hold leaders accountable for their performance and permit an exchange of influence between the governors and the governed. The availability of alternatives is a necessary condition. Votes may be secret or public. See also electoral system, party system, plebiscite, primary election, referendum and initiative.


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