by-election

noun
by-elec·​tion | \ ˈbī-ə-ˌlek-shən How to pronounce by-election (audio) \
variants: or less commonly bye-election

Definition of by-election

: a special election held between regular elections in order to fill a vacancy

First Known Use of by-election

1853, in the meaning defined above

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“By-election.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/by-election. Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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by-election

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English Language Learners Definition of by-election

British : a special election that is held between regular elections to replace someone who has died or resigned from office

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