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 electability (audio) \ noun

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Most Democratic professionals seemed to regard Gillum as clearly the less electable choice. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "4 winners and one loser from primary elections in Florida, Arizona, and Oklahoma," 29 Aug. 2018 But in Virginia, the candidates who were favored by party chieftains and seen as most electable bested more liberal insurgents. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Mark Sanford’s primary loss shows the peril of crossing Trump," 13 June 2018 Cordray is seen as the more electable of the two in the fall. Chris Cillizza, CNN, "5 questions tonight's primaries will answer," 8 May 2018 As if a majority of votes cast for one highly electable man, could raise the fortunes of millions. Anchorage Daily News, "Police shootings? Racial tension? Don’t expect input from Trump administration.," 31 Mar. 2018 McConnell, who is defending a 51-to-49 majority in this year’s midterms, is determined to ensure that electable Republicans are in place in key races. Sean Sullivan, Washington Post, "Despite urging by Trump and McConnell, Mississippi Gov. Bryant will not appoint himself to Cochran seat," 6 Mar. 2018 Bolsonaro has tried to moderate his tone for the last year and backed market friendly ideas for the economy to sound more electable. Mauricio Savarese, The Seattle Times, "Graft scandals in Brazil open door to untainted candidates," 6 June 2017 Six in ten Republican likely voters see Gillespie as the most electable in the November general election compared with his rivals. Gregory S. Schneider, Washington Post, "Post-Schar poll finds Ed Gillespie with big lead for GOP gubernatorial nomination," 15 May 2017

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First Known Use of electable

1879, in the meaning defined above

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