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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 In Shenandoah, council members Ron Raymaker, Micheal McLeod and Mayor Ritch Wheeler are up for election. Laraib Hashmi, Houston Chronicle, "Election filing begins for May elections in Shenandoah, Oak Ridge North," 10 Jan. 2020 Following the controversial election of a new president, the country has experienced considerable protest and unrest. Richard Kurin, Smithsonian Magazine, "To safeguard cultural heritage, a massive Smithsonian-led cultural rescue operation can now be mobilized to help countries recover from disaster," 10 Jan. 2020 In Taiwan, Tam and the other students will observe a direct presidential election for the first time. Washington Post, "Hong Kong students get close-up look at Taiwan democracy," 10 Jan. 2020 Eight members of the 11-member body need to vote in favor of a proposal to place it on the ballot for the April 7 election. Aubrey Wieber, Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage Assembly members pitch residents on new taxes," 10 Jan. 2020 Searching to find out who's running for election can be time-consuming. Shannon Hall, The Courier-Journal, "Who's running for election in Kentucky? See who's filed to run for all the races," 10 Jan. 2020 This election is about more than just defeating Trump. Laura Hancock, cleveland, "Trump touts Ohio economy at Toledo campaign rally: Capitol Letter," 10 Jan. 2020 And in this case, good faith involves not just responding to this latest disaster, but cleaning up from the previous one, as well.’’ An ongoing dispute over Puerto Rico could also become an issue in the presidential election. Erica Werner, BostonGlobe.com, "Now hit by earthquakes, Puerto Rico is still waiting on billions for hurricane relief," 9 Jan. 2020 Shapiro has the experience of 11 presidential elections behind him. Press Release, The New Republic, "The New Republic’s First Issue of 2020 Profiles Joe Biden in His Last Bid for the Office of President of the United States," 9 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of election

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

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The first known use of election was in the 13th century

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13 Jan 2020

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“Election.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/election. Accessed 23 January 2020.

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How to pronounce election (audio)

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 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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