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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And bring everybody in Monday morning and have a long discussion with the Trump appointees and the career people about, all right, here are all of the challenges, what are our responses to these things? Eric Johnson, Recode, "Former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates explains how Donald Trump is trying to corrupt the Justice Department," 12 Nov. 2018 And breaking established Senate precedent to serve short-term political goals like packing the lower courts with liberal judicial appointees has consequences, too. John Kass,, "How to maintain the republic? Originalist justices like Brett Kavanaugh," 10 July 2018 Once in charge, Krzanich, who is known as BK, replaced former rivals, such James, Smith, and Perlmutter largely with appointees from outside., "Intel CEO Krzanich resigns after relationship with employee," 21 June 2018 Doocey and others wanted someone loyal to Trump and his policies in a position of authority, at a time when the office had lost most of its political appointees and had no leader, Weyeneth said. Robert O'harrow Jr., Anchorage Daily News, "Promoted six times and then fired: A 24-year-old political appointee's wild ride in Trump's Washington," 15 June 2018 Neumann wants to see Pompeo focus on restaffing the agency and elevating experienced career professionals to top-tier jobs, along with political appointees. Nicole Gaouette, CNN, "Pompeo faces challenge balancing State Department 'swagger' and security," 4 May 2018 After Rowland’s administration collapsed in scandal, his successor, Jodi Rell, promised to root out the malfeasance that had come to define Rowland and his appointees. Matthew Ormseth,, "Arthur Spada, Former Superior Court Judge And State Police Commissioner, Dies At 85," 29 Apr. 2018 Experts say administrators there and at other schools may be anticipating that a pro-management NLRB stocked with appointees of Republican President Donald Trump will reverse itself and rule that graduate students are not workers. Karen Matthews, The Seattle Times, "Trump era throws wrench into grad students’ hopes for unions," 4 Feb. 2018 Trump hosted weekend meetings there with potential cabinet appointees like Rudy Giuliani, Wilbur Ross, and Mitt Romney. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "All of Donald Trump's Houses, in Photos," 15 Aug. 2017

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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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