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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Trump and his appointees have certainly changed some executive-branch practices, but the next president who disagrees with the new ones will be able to change them right back. Ramesh Ponnuru, National Review, "What’s Next for the GOP on Immigration?," 12 Sep. 2019 Her only appointee thus far is Senator Julian Cyr, whose parents were longtime proprietors of the former Adrian’s Restaurant in Truro., "Governor Charlie Baker’s former chief legal counsel," 10 Sep. 2019 While Trump continues to target his own appointees and allies at times, his campaign tends to keep a sharper focus on Democrats — a more traditional path to keeping Republicans united. Jonathan Allen, NBC News, "Trump's 2020 pitch: A powerless presidency," 3 Sep. 2019 Expertise matters, as does the ability to vet your appointees. Barry Ritholtz, Twin Cities, "Barry Ritholtz: The #TrumpRecession label is going to stick," 20 Aug. 2019 The former central bankers do not mention Trump by name but the president has repeatedly criticized the performance of his own appointee to the top job at the Fed, Jerome Powell. Julia Horowitz, CNN, "US-China currency fight; Market scare; Fed warning," 6 Aug. 2019 Under Obama, the U.S. attorney’s office in Boston was pursuing a criminal investigation of RBS, and the bank had failed in its efforts to convince DOJ political appointees in Washington to overrule that approach. Kevin Wack, ProPublica, "Sen. Elizabeth Warren Asks Why the Justice Department Went Easy on Big Banks," 24 Aug. 2019 At least 12 high-level appointees in Trump’s administration have been found in violation of the act, far more than the number cited in the entire eight years of President Obama’s tenure. Noah Bierman,, "Trump uses the trappings of the White House for reelection bid to unprecedented degree," 3 July 2019 Other administrations have run afoul of the Hatch Act, but within Mr. Trump’s first year in office more complaints were filed against his team than against top appointees in the eight years of Barack Obama’s presidency. Peter Baker, New York Times, "Trump Is Urged to Fire Kellyanne Conway for Hatch Act Violations," 13 June 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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