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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One of the leading figures behind the effort was Ed Meese, who served as attorney general to President Ronald Reagan, two of whose appointees, Justices O’Connor and Kennedy, proved less conservative than supporters originally hoped. Peter Baker, New York Times, "A Conservative Court Push Decades in the Making, With Effects for Decades to Come," 9 July 2018 The board, made up of five Houston appointees, two from the other 14 member cities of Metro and two by Harris County, will have five men and four women if all of Turner’s appointments are approved. Dug Begley, Houston Chronicle, "East End native nominated for Houston spot on Metro transit board," 6 July 2018 Today’s Republican appointees, though, come up through a conservative legal pipeline that was in its infancy a few decades ago. The Economist, "A court with a solid conservative majority could reshape American life," 5 July 2018 The fact that the Supreme Court, which has a Justice Neil Gorsuch, a Trump appointee, as one of its conservative linchpins, was willing to overturn a lower court ruling is also good news for the president, Chapin added. John Wildermuth,, "Travel ban takeaway: Trump’s tweets won’t hurt him with high court," 26 June 2018 Justice Stephen Breyer, a Clinton appointee, wrote in one of the dissenting opinions that Trump's publicly expressed anti-religious bias provides enough basis to set aside the travel ban. Thomas Novelly, The Courier-Journal, "Mitch McConnell's high court reigns supreme again on Trump travel ban," 26 June 2018 Other appointees, all already on the university board, are Stephen G. Charles, Bret S. Perkins, and Christopher McNichol, the only one who is not a Temple graduate. Harold Brubaker,, "Temple University adds to health system board amid restructuring," 22 June 2018 Yet rumors abound, with names being suggested as possibilities to fill the seat as an appointee, such as Cindy McCain, former Senator Jon Kyl, and former state attorney general Grant Woods. Melissa Daniels,, "Arizona Republicans won’t talk about John McCain’s Senate seat," 17 June 2018 In any case political appointees should now take notice: Having the Justice Department oversee banks isn’t on President Trump’s agenda. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Trump’s Obama-Style Bank Heist," 18 Nov. 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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