ap·​poin·​tee | \ ə-ˌpȯin-ˈtē , 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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Trump’s 85 total judicial appointees lag behind five former presidents at comparable points in office. Eric Tucker, The Seattle Times, "AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s untruths on Russia probe, wall, jobs," 6 Feb. 2019 To be deemed preeminent, universities must hit 11 of 12 markers that include graduation rates, freshman retention rates and postdoctoral appointees. Annie Martin,, "New UCF President Dale Whittaker vows to 'bring my own energy,' on first day," 2 July 2018 Thomas, at 70, is the oldest of the court’s remaining Republican appointees. Fortune, "Anthony Kennedy, Swing Vote on U.S. Supreme Court, Is Retiring," 27 June 2018 His appointees, including former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, targeted the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards as a key reason for the decline of coal in the US. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "EPA to keep Obama-era mercury rules, but make it harder to tighten them," 26 Dec. 2018 While the proposal was put together under a bipartisan mix of regulators, all five of the agencies overseeing the rule change are now led by Trump appointees who are reviewing this rule and others put in place by the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial law. WSJ, "Banks Say No Thanks to Volcker Rule Changes," 15 Aug. 2018 An analysis by The Associated Press shows that nearly half the political appointees hired at EPA under President Donald Trump have industry ties. CBS News, "Steven D. Cook, ex-chemical industry lawyer, to lead Superfund task force at EPA," 1 June 2018 State law requires the governor to name an appointee of the same political party who will serve until the next general election in 2020. Fox News, "The Latest: Services and other events set for McCain," 27 Aug. 2018 Sabraw, an appointee of President George W. Bush, said Meekins' statement calls into question his comments in court hours earlier that the administration was acting in good faith. Elliot Spagat,, "Federal judge criticizes Justice Department effort to reunite families separated at border," 14 July 2018

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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- \

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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