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 Grenell is one of many LGBTQ appointees that Trump has tapped to serve in his administration. Robert Kabeland And Jill Homan, Twin Cities, "Kabeland, Homan: Trump defends LGBTQ rights. He has our Log Cabin endorsement.," 17 Aug. 2019 Within 60 days of the county commissioners making their appointments, citizens may petition to put forth their own slate of alternative appointees, which would lead to a special election. Mary Grace Keller,, "Charter government pros and cons examined as Carroll County commissioners prepare to hear options," 24 July 2019 That would be doled out by the Ohio Air Quality Development Authority, a panel of political appointees formed in 1970 to help business and government comply with the federal Clean Air Act. Jessie Balmert,, "Ohio's nuclear 'bailout' bill changed again. Here's what you need to know.," 26 June 2019 Pompeo meets with some top political appointees only every other week, according to two current and one former Department officials. John Walcott, Time, "Trump's Muddled Message on Hong Kong Captures the Real Problem With His Foreign Policy," 20 Aug. 2019 But the president and presidential appointees can and do have a major impact on the economy, monetary policy, the dollar, trade relations and alliances; No. 4. Barry Ritholtz, Twin Cities, "Barry Ritholtz: The #TrumpRecession label is going to stick," 20 Aug. 2019 As sure as your sympathies lie with the workers, Lindon’s brusque authenticity burnishes the emotional pull of the intensely played, often fruitless back-and-forths with political appointees and stoic suits. Robert Abele, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Stéphane Brizé’s French drama ‘At War’ takes up the gritty cry of the working class," 2 Aug. 2019 Still, two of the leading candidates, former state Sen. Mike Johnston and former Obama administration appointee Dan Baer, raised more money for their Senate war chests in the second quarter then Hickenlooper did for his presidential campaign. Nic Garcia, The Denver Post, "John Hickenlooper is considering a Senate run amid pressure from national Democrats," 13 Aug. 2019 The position makes him a civil service employee, not a presidential appointee. CBS News, "State Department employee linked to white nationalist group," 9 Aug. 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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