elect·​able | \ i-ˈlek-tə-bəl How to pronounce electable (audio) \

Definition of electable

: capable of being elected (as to public office)

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electability \ i-​ˌlek-​tə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce electable (audio) \ noun

Examples of electable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In Republican primaries, voters sided with insurgents who promised to return the party to its conservative roots, spurning the more pragmatic, and seemingly more electable, contenders backed by GOP leaders. David M. Drucker, Washington Examiner, "Tea party Senate class of 2010: Where and what are they now?," 25 Dec. 2020 The penalty resulted in 15 yards and a first down, and a review deemed the play to be an electable offense, according to former NFL official Gene Steratore on the CBS broadcast. Jeff Nowak | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "Saints' Cam Jordan flagged for punching Chiefs player, ejected in 4th quarter; see the play," 20 Dec. 2020 Utah removed the slavery exception from its constitution and decided certain age limits should be imposed on electable lawmakers. Annalisa Merelli, Quartz, "Who won in the US election so far," 4 Nov. 2020 But what is readily apparent is that the GOP is struggling to find a way to make Trump look like the more electable candidate by literally attacking Biden's use of campaign transportation. Sarah Midkiff, refinery29.com, "Here’s The Real Reason Why The GOP Is Investigating Biden’s Amtrak Trips," 21 Oct. 2020 Obviously, there were other moderate choices, such as Amy Klobuchar and Pete Buttigieg, who may have been more electable than Biden. Matt Seaton, The New York Review of Books, "‘Don’t Look for a Soothsayer’: An Interview with Harry Enten," 28 May 2020 Qualities such as ambition and assertivness, which are lauded in male leaders, are the very things that make women less likeable, and therefore less electable. Alia E. Dastagir, USA TODAY, "A woman could never behave that way and be president," 30 Sep. 2020 Less than this is not acceptable and should honestly not be electable. Star Tribune, "Readers Write: First responders, 2020 election, restaurant closings," 1 Sep. 2020 Democratic voters want someone who is electable but what does electability mean to them? CBS News, "CBS News Eye on Trends: The latest from the Election & Survey Unit," 30 July 2020

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First Known Use of electable

1879, in the meaning defined above

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20 Jan 2021

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“Electable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/electable. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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