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

Finally, there will be no avoiding the question of Russian meddling in the American elections. The Economist, "Vladimir Putin’s hopes for his long-awaited meeting with Donald Trump," 14 July 2018 Reagan won Wisconsin in the 1980 and 1984 presidential elections. Calvin Woodward And Hope Yen, chicagotribune.com, "Trump is in Europe and the truth is not with him: A fact check," 14 July 2018 But Democrats, who have struggled with turnout in nonpresidential elections, have been energized by Trump’s actions and plan to flock to the polls this year. Washington Post, "In Senate race, Florida governor in balancing act with Trump," 13 July 2018 The Congress is currently in the opposition, led by Rajiv's son Rahul Gandhi, following its defeat in the 2014 elections that were swept by the Bharatiya Janata Party. Nyay Bhushan, The Hollywood Reporter, "Netflix Series Faces Legal Case Over Portrayal of Ex-India Prime Minister," 13 July 2018 In too many recent elections, particularly primaries, that less than acceptable characterization is more accurately labeled pathetic. The Aegis, "Hard look needed at election problems in Maryland [Editorial]," 12 July 2018 Republicans hope the process to confirm the nominee will take only two months and conclude just before America votes in the November midterm elections. Mackenzie Long, Teen Vogue, "Brett Kavanaugh Announced as President Trump's Supreme Court Nominee," 10 July 2018 Russia’s efforts to intervene in elections goes well beyond the U.S. As Chris Megerian wrote, Europeans also have been victims and fear further meddling. David Lauter, latimes.com, "As Trump readies Supreme Court pick, Democrats prepare a fight even though a loss is likely," 6 July 2018 The conviction is expected to hurt Sharif’s political party’s chances in the upcoming national elections. Renae Reints, Fortune, "Former Pakistani Prime Minister Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of election

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

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English Language Learners Definition of election

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

: the fact of being elected


elec·tion | \i-ˈlek-shən \

Kids Definition of election

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



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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