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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web And the Pennsylvania governor appoints the secretary of state, whose office will oversee the 2024 election. New York Times, 18 May 2022 But there's no discernible room in the GOP for never-Trump candidates -- or even, to date, much room for candidates who will flatly state that the election of 2020 wasn't stolen and that investigations looking back at it are irrelevant or dangerous. Byrick Klein,averi Harper, ABC News, 18 May 2022 Hezbollah and its allies lost their parliamentary majority in Lebanon’s first election since the 2020 Beirut port explosion. WSJ, 18 May 2022 This leadership team filed a lawsuit in April against CTU, accusing the union of unfairly extending a deadline to file election paperwork. Tracy Swartz, Chicago Tribune, 18 May 2022 Fetterman, 52, suffered a stroke on Friday, which prevented him from campaigning in the final days leading up to Tuesday's election. Nicholas Reimann, Forbes, 18 May 2022 But the weekend’s election marked a reversal of fortunes. Tamara Qiblawi, CNN, 18 May 2022 Tuesday’s primary election in five states could ultimately go down as the most important this year. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 18 May 2022 But the race was close enough to trigger Pennsylvania’s automatic recount law, with the separation between Oz and McCormick inside the 0.5% margin that prompts an order by the state’s top election official. Marc Levy, ajc, 18 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of election

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

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21 May 2022

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“Election.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/election. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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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



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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