elec·​tor·​al i-ˈlek-t(ə-)rəl How to pronounce electoral (audio)
: of or relating to an elector
the electoral vote
: of or relating to election
an electoral system

Examples of electoral in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Yet as the Republican Party’s electoral grip on the white South tightened, and without the charismatic leadership of Reagan to unite the party, the divide between Reaganite fiscal conservatives and southern cultural conservatives deepened from the 1990s onwards. TIME, 12 Apr. 2024 The race will come after the new liberal majority upended Wisconsin Republicans' control of the state Legislature by ordering new electoral maps that give Democrats a chance at taking control of the chambers for the first time in more than a decade. Jessie Opoien, Journal Sentinel, 11 Apr. 2024 In the nation's early days, many states awarded their electoral votes by having the state legislature choose electors. Geoffrey Skelley, ABC News, 11 Apr. 2024 Jennifer Lawson, vice president of organizing and electoral campaigns at the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, told NPR that the organization is focused for now on trying to reelect Joe Biden. Danielle Kurtzleben, NPR, 10 Apr. 2024 Arizona’s 11 electoral votes and Nevada’s six will be pivotal in a contest where very few states are up for grabs. Benjamin Oreskes, Los Angeles Times, 9 Apr. 2024 Considering our 85% rule (that the main issue is critical in determining electoral outcomes), the implications here are clear. Clifford Young, Fortune, 8 Apr. 2024 This is a case where just doing the right thing would also result in a better electoral outcome. ABC News, 31 Mar. 2024 Maduro’s electoral roadblocks prompted rare condemnation this week from leaders in Colombia and Brazil, governments usually seen as more friendly to Venezuela’s leadership than some others in the hemisphere. Samantha Schmidt, Washington Post, 30 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1675, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of electoral was in 1675

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“Electoral.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/electoral. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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elec·​tor·​al i-ˈlek-t(ə-)rəl How to pronounce electoral (audio)
: of or relating to an election or electors

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