elec·​tor·​al | \ i-ˈlek-t(ə-)rəl How to pronounce electoral (audio) , ˌē-lek-ˈtȯr-əl \

Definition of electoral

1 : of or relating to an elector the electoral vote
2 : of or relating to election an electoral system

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electorally \ i-​ˈlek-​t(ə-​)rə-​lē How to pronounce electoral (audio) , ˌē-​lek-​ˈtȯr-​ə-​lē How to pronounce electoral (audio) \ adverb

Examples of electoral in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Then there were the nearly 150 Republicans in Congress who voted to sustain his baseless challenges to the electoral vote. Nicole Hemmer, CNN, 15 July 2021 The alarm only increased after the election, when Trump and his allies contested the results of the 2020 election and called on his supporters to oppose the legitimacy of the electoral process, often implying violence may be necessary. Matthew Brown, USA TODAY, 15 July 2021 All the others have pleaded not guilty to conspiring to impede Congress’s electoral-vote certification. Washington Post, 9 July 2021 But Trump won one electoral vote in Maine last November, underscoring his popularity in rural Maine. David Sharp, Star Tribune, 5 July 2021 For the first time in our 170-year history, California will lose one congressional seat and one electoral vote in presidential elections. George Skelton, Los Angeles Times, 3 May 2021 Florida will gain one electoral vote there as well, for a total of 30 out of the 538 electors. Anthony Man, sun-sentinel.com, 26 Apr. 2021 The electoral vote was 525-13 for Reagan — the biggest landslide in the Electoral College since Franklin Roosevelt defeated Alf Landon in 1936. Rich Barak, ajc, 20 Apr. 2021 The electoral vote was 525-13 for Reagan — the biggest landslide in the Electoral College since Franklin Roosevelt defeated Alf Landon in 1936. Dallas News, 20 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of electoral

1675, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 30 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of electoral

: of or relating to an election or to the process by which people are elected

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