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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Examples of appointee in a Sentence

the announcement of the presidential appointees to the cabinet
Recent Examples on the Web Amid the threats, Krebs, a Republican and Trump appointee, was forced to move out of his home in Virginia for several days and hire private security. Ben Fox,, "Christopher Krebs, election security official fired by Trump, sues over threatening remarks made by a lawyer for the president," 8 Dec. 2020 Ellison noted that the Minnesota Supreme Court judge who wrote the opinion tossing the GOP case, Chief Justice Lorie Gildea, is a Republican appointee who said the lawsuit was filed too late. Erik Larson,, "Court System in U.S. Is No ‘Lapdog’ to Trump, Minnesota AG Says," 7 Dec. 2020 Hanen, a Republican appointee, blocked Mr. Obama's 2014 expansion of DACA, as well as the creation of another program which would have protected the undocumented parents of U.S. green card holders and citizens from deportation. Camilo Montoya-galvez, CBS News, "Judge orders restoration of DACA, opening immigration program to new applicants for first time since 2017," 5 Dec. 2020 Its administrator, Emily Murphy, is a Trump appointee, but the ascertainment decision is supposed to be apolitical. The Associated Press,, "What's ascertainment? Here's how the process works for transitioning presidential power," 10 Nov. 2020 That could change this year, though, as Ghanbari is a Republican appointee who hasn’t run district-wide until now. Jeremy Pelzer, cleveland, "Top 10 Ohio legislative races to watch on election night," 2 Nov. 2020 Democratic leaders claimed that Lee, a Republican appointee, is trying to reduce the number of early-voting sites, because many counties do not have the manpower to protect them. Dexter Filkins, The New Yorker, "Will Florida Decide the Presidential Race or Throw It Into Confusion?," 28 Oct. 2020 Paul Alexander, a Trump administration appointee, pushed for a herd immunity strategy that would have millions of healthy people exposed to the coronavirus. Washington Examiner, "Trump health official argued for exposure of young and healthy to achieve herd immunity and beat COVID-19," 16 Dec. 2020 A few hours after this news, Hunter Biden, the son of the man who did win the election, announced that Trump’s appointee as U.S. Attorney for Delaware had opened a federal criminal investigation of his tax dealings. Susan B. Glasser, The New Yorker, "It’s Not Just Trump’s War on Democracy Anymore," 11 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of appointee

1768, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of appointee was in 1768

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“Appointee.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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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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