election

noun
elec·​tion | \i-ˈlek-shən \

Definition of election 

1a : an act or process of electing the election of a new governor

b : the fact of being elected her election to the Senate

2 : predestination to eternal life

3 : the right, power, or privilege of making a choice

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Choose the Right Synonym for election

choice, option, alternative, preference, selection, election mean the act or opportunity of choosing or the thing chosen. choice suggests the opportunity or privilege of choosing freely. freedom of choice option implies a power to choose that is specifically granted or guaranteed. the option of paying now or later alternative implies a need to choose one and reject another possibility. equally attractive alternatives preference suggests a choice guided by one's judgment or predilections. a preference for cool weather selection implies a range of choice. a varied selection of furniture election implies an end or purpose which requires exercise of judgment. doing a tax return forces certain elections on you

Examples of election in a Sentence

He's favored to win the election. The scandal may affect his chances for election. Her election to the Senate was a surprise to many.
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Recent Examples on the Web

Pompeo was visiting Mexico with Cabinet-level officials to meet with both Pena Nieto and president-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador after a sea-change election that could offer a chance for the neighbors to repair strained relations. Susannah George, chicagotribune.com, "Mexico officials urge Mike Pompeo to reunite immigrant families quickly," 13 July 2018 The political world gave House Republicans the benefit of the doubt on their select probe on Benghazi, but that probe never produced any indictments or guilty pleas (and it was ended immediately after the 2016 election). Chuck Todd, NBC News, "Worst fears realized in Trump's overseas trip — and it's not over yet," 13 July 2018 After President Trump’s election, the FCC reinstated the discount. Christa Case Bryant, The Christian Science Monitor, "As news ownership consolidates, will local TV become more partisan?," 13 July 2018 The committee plans to issue its final recommendation in November after the midterm election. Edward Mckinley, kansascity, "KC union retirees join rally in Ohio for pension fix — or is it a bailout?," 13 July 2018 Credit Suisse, a bank, puts the chance of Mr Khan leading a coalition government after the election at 75%. The Economist, "Pakistan’s former prime minister embraces jail to rally his party," 12 July 2018 Officials began counting provisional ballots on the second Wednesday after the election. Rachel Chason, Washington Post, "‘We failed’: Officials explain error that could have affected 72,000 Maryland voters," 12 July 2018 After every presidential election, the losing candidate continues to play a role as the face of the losing party. Alvin Chang, Vox, "Nearly two years into the Trump presidency, Fox News is still obsessed with Hillary Clinton," 11 July 2018 Thanks in part to this laissez faire approach, and thanks in part to pressure to keep user counts high, Twitter also did little to stop the spread of bots, which have been used to scam users, influence elections, and generally drive everyone nuts. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Is Twitter Good Now?," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of election

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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More Definitions for election

election

noun

English Language Learners Definition of election

: the act or process of choosing someone for a public office by voting

: the fact of being elected

election

noun
elec·​tion | \i-ˈlek-shən \

Kids Definition of election

: an act of choosing or the fact of being chosen especially by vote

election

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elec·​tion

Legal Definition of election 

1a : the act or process of electing

b : an instance of the electorate voting for candidates for an elective office

c : the fact of being elected

2 : the right, power, or privilege of making a choice: as

a : the right of a spouse to choose a statutorily prescribed amount of a deceased spouse's estate or whatever was devised to him or her under the will

b : the right of a person who has an interest in property that a deceased has disposed of by will either to claim his or her right to the property or to accept what he or she was devised under the will instead

c : the right of a party to a contract that has been breached by the other party to choose to continue or terminate the contract — see also election of remedies, equitable election

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