ap·​poin·​tee | \ ə-ˌpȯin-ˈtē How to pronounce appointee (audio) , ˌa-\

Definition of appointee

1 : one who is appointed
2 : one to whom an estate is appointed

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Synonyms for appointee


designee, nominee, selectee

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Examples of appointee in a Sentence

the announcement of the presidential appointees to the cabinet

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The decision was the latest in a series of high-profile declarations by Mr. Trump contravening actions and statements by agencies and even by his own appointees on issues ranging from foreign policy to election meddling, and drew... Michael R. Gordon And Ian Talley, WSJ, "Trump Blocks Large-Scale Sanctions Planned Against North Korea," 22 Mar. 2019 Both of his appointees, Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen G. Breyer, voted against him. Adam Liptak, New York Times, "Showdown on a Trump Subpoena Could Overshadow Brett Kavanaugh’s Confirmation," 10 July 2018 Another way to measure presidents’ influence on the Court is to count the number of years their appointees are on the bench. David Johnson, Time, "Here's How Donald Trump's Influence on the Supreme Court Compares to Other Presidents," 28 June 2018 The takeover proposal also follows recent upheaval in the state education commission: In early April, Bevin packed the commission with his own appointees, forcing the sitting commissioner, Steve Pruitt, to resign. Sarah Jones, The New Republic, "Matt Bevin’s Revenge?," 4 May 2018 In the coming weeks, Turner was to announce his commission appointees and to release more details about the commission's goals, according to a news release from his office. Karen Zurawski, Houston Chronicle, "Student leaders remain active after march, rally," 4 Apr. 2018 His appointees, and in some cases their spouses, have given his campaigns a combined $14.2 million, according to a San Antonio Express-News analysis. Peggy Fikac, San Antonio Express-News, "Abbott again calls for peace in GOP," 8 Mar. 2018 Latham, who according to her Linked in page has dual citizenship in the UK and US, is one of only a few Americans to have served as a political appointee in both the British and American governments. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Sara Latham, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's New PR Manager, Worked for Hillary Clinton's Campaign," 14 Mar. 2019 In the rush to appoint as many right-leaning appointees as possible to the bench, the Republican Senate... WSJ, "Conservative Judges O.K. Just Being a Conservative, Not O.K.," 8 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of appointee

1768, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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ap·​poin·​tee | \ ə-ˌpȯin-ˈtē, ˌa- How to pronounce appointee (audio) \

Legal Definition of appointee

1 : a person who is appointed to a position
2 : a person to whom property is appointed under a power of appointment

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