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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Recent Examples on the Web

For sure, the Republican Party under Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, and the Bushes sought to exploit the racial resentments and fears of white voters for political purposes, particularly when an election was at stake. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, "Donald Trump and Lax Gun Laws Are Tearing America Apart," 7 Aug. 2019 The conference is being attended by representatives from more than 50 nations that recognize Guaido as Venezuela's president and consider Maduro's re-election last year to be fraudulent. sun-sentinel.com, "Trump freezes Venezuela government assets in escalation," 6 Aug. 2019 The suspect wrote that his views predated Trump’s rise to the White House following the 2016 election. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "The El Paso Shooting Is Being Handled as a Domestic Terrorism Case and Could Lead to Hate Crime Charges, the Death Penalty," 5 Aug. 2019 Colorado voters defeated the measure in the Nov. 6, 2018, election. Judith Kohler, The Denver Post, "Public has been “loud and clear” on push for new oil, gas rules to protect health and environment, regulators say," 3 Aug. 2019 The government’s critics say the election was not fair because the rules favored the parties backing Prayuth. Time, "Thai Prime Minister Orders Investigation Into Bangkok Blasts That Injured Four People," 2 Aug. 2019 How about 2020, when the presidential election is in full swing? Jay Nordlinger, National Review, "What if he dies? &c.," 31 July 2019 Never mind that the Democratic primary election is more than seven months away, with four declared candidates. Dallas News, "Is Royce West the top Democrat in the Senate race? That might be what John Cornyn wants you to think," 31 July 2019 That’s why Johnson’s election as Conservative head might not have even been the United Kingdom’s most consequential party leadership contest last week. Parker Richards, The New Republic, "The Woman Who Could Beat Boris Johnson," 29 July 2019

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First Known Use of election

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

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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


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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