election

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noun elec·tion \ i-ˈlek-shən \

Definition of election

1 a :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

Examples of election in a Sentence

  1. He's favored to win the election.

  2. The scandal may affect his chances for election.

  3. Her election to the Senate was a surprise to many.

Recent Examples of election from the Web

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First Known Use of election

13th century

Synonym Discussion of 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

ELECTION Defined for English Language Learners

election

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Definition of election for English Language Learners

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

  • : the fact of being elected


ELECTION Defined for Kids

election

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noun elec·tion \ i-ˈlek-shən \

Definition of election for Students

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

Law Dictionary

election

noun elec·tion

legal Definition of election

1 a :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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