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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But their prominence in political life has withered in recent election cycles as the country has focused on a more civic agenda. Aron Heller, The Seattle Times, "Israeli ex-army chief launches campaign to replace Netanyahu," 29 Jan. 2019 Those young activists are looking ahead further than the next election cycle. David Roberts, Vox, "The Green New Deal, explained," 21 Dec. 2018 Regardless, young people this midterm election cycle are voting. Clarissa Brooks, Teen Vogue, "Nonvoters Have Valid Criticisms of the United States Government," 16 Nov. 2018 Soon, those beads will be making their debut in Washington D.C. following a midterm election cycle that resulted in a historic number of women taking congressional seats in the 116th Congress. Jessica Militare, Glamour, "Deb Haaland Is One of the First Native American Congresswomen. It Only Took Two Centuries.," 9 Nov. 2018 One of the brightest Democratic stars of this election cycle, Ocasio-Cortez handily defeated Republican opponent Anthony Pappas in New York with more than 75 percent of the vote. Jenny Hollander, Marie Claire, "The 2018 Midterm Elections," 7 Nov. 2018 This dynamic helped make the 2018 election a referendum on the man himself rather than his policies, and that made Mrs. Pelosi speaker of the House. ... Kimberley A. Strassel, WSJ, "The Democratic Crackup," 7 Mar. 2019 Apparently, a lot of folks turned off their TVs a little too soon last night, because many were wondering if Randall had won the election by morning. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "The Best 'This Is Us' Recap of Episode 10 From Season 3," 16 Jan. 2019 Supporters started flowing into the small team’s election party, and Team López has been showered in congratulations and invitations to events ever since. Jackie Fielder, Teen Vogue, "Gabriela López Just Became the Youngest Elected Official in San Francisco," 11 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of election

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

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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 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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