election

noun
elec·​tion | \ i-ˈlek-shən How to pronounce election (audio) \

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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Here's what to know about the former second lady, who could become first lady, if her husband wins the 2020 election. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Why Jill Biden Might Just Be Joe Biden's Greatest Political Asset," 25 Apr. 2019 Still, mostly thanks to the 2016 presidential election, the media has undergone a reckoning of sorts around the toxic and often sexist rhetoric used to describe women. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Criticizing a Bad Red Carpet Outfit Is Not Sexist—or Personal," 25 Apr. 2019 In the 2016 presidential election, Senator Ted Cruz (R–Tex.) didn’t declare until March 2015. Celeste Katz, Glamour, "Who’s In and Who’s Out of the 2020 Presidential Race—So Far," 3 Jan. 2019 The group Hoffman backed financially, American Engagement Technologies, used Facebook in a manner similar to the way Russia inserted itself into the 2016 US presidential election. Chris Welch, The Verge, "LinkedIn co-founder says he unknowingly backed disinformation effort in Alabama Senate race," 26 Dec. 2018 Russian trolls who tried to influence the 2016 U.S. election had more success reaching American users on Instagram than many realized. Kurt Wagner, Recode, "Instagram posts from Russian meddlers played a much bigger role in the 2016 election than we thought," 17 Dec. 2018 Meanwhile, the 2018 midterm elections also showed us that candidates championed by white nationalists are viable candidates. Bree Newsome, SELF, "The 2018 Midterm Elections Proved That Change Must Happen from the Ground Up," 15 Nov. 2018 Recent polls show them ranked above qualified female candidates, all of whom won their elections, sometimes by historic margins. Melanie Hamlett, Glamour, "America Loves a Loser (As Long As He's White and Male)," 17 Apr. 2019 The public fixation on Omar and the conspiracy theories that have spread since her election are only two examples of this. Hadeel Eltayeb, Teen Vogue, "Listening to Muslim Women Is More Important This Muslim Women's Day Than Ever Before," 27 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of election

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

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election

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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

election

noun
elec·​tion | \ i-ˈlek-shən How to pronounce election (audio) \

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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