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

Examples of electable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And he was considered more electable in a race against Trump — a vague quality bestowed upon a small circle of candidates who tend not to rock the boat very much. Lily Herman, Teen Vogue, "Why Voter Enthusiasm Is More Important Than Electability in the 2020 Election," 7 Oct. 2019 Biden is perceived as electable for one reason: because the rest of the Democratic field has gone so far to the left. Marc A. Thiessen, The Mercury News, "Thiessen: What if voters are wrong about Biden’s electability?," 12 July 2019 Warren and Sanders stood at the center of the debate stage in Detroit, and were united in fending off attacks by their moderate challengers, who strove to distinguish themselves as more pragmatic and more electable than the lefty pair. Melanie Mason, Los Angeles Times, "Liberals Warren and Sanders unite against moderates: Key takeaways from Night 1 of the Democratic debate," 30 July 2019 Overall, more than half of Democratic primary voter picked Biden as the most electable candidate. Los Angeles Times, "Democratic 2020 race up for grabs: Half of voters have changed their minds since spring, poll shows," 29 July 2019 Yet those numbers do diverge dramatically from figures released earlier in the week by Monmouth University, which seemed to indicate that the former vice president, who is widely viewed as moderate and electable, has been falling in popularity. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "The US presidential race just got a lot more real," 29 Aug. 2019 Shorey had been asked about her interest in trying to unseat Rep. Colin Allred, D-Dallas, in 2020 but said her focus was making sure the ballot was full of electable Republicans. Tom Steele, Dallas News, "Missy Shorey, first woman elected to lead Dallas County GOP, died from accidental mix of alcohol, sleeping aids," 2 Aug. 2019 Beto says nothing, Harris would handle Trump in a debate, but probably isn’t electable. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Doc's Morning Line: Is there anything in sports like Major League Baseball's trade deadline?," 1 Aug. 2019 Hillary Clinton, the former senator and secretary of state, was experienced and campaigned on being electable due to her credentials. Rebecca Morin, USA TODAY, "Warren: Biden wrong for continuing to support Hyde Amendment," 5 June 2019

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First Known Use of electable

1879, in the meaning defined above

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“Electable.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/electable. Accessed 12 December 2019.

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