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 electorally (audio) , ˌē-​lek-​ˈtȯr-​ə-​lē How to pronounce electorally (audio) \ adverb

Examples of electoral in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This would secure the electoral support of his political base in Oromia. Yohannes Gedamu, Quartz Africa, "Ethiopians are losing faith in prime minister Abiy’s promises for peace," 16 Nov. 2019 And late Thursday, the opposition Labour Party chucked a particularly spicy new ingredient into the electoral stew. David Meyer, Fortune, "The Next U.K. Election Isn’t Just About Brexit—Now It’s About Free Broadband Too," 15 Nov. 2019 His party claimed that electoral term limits were a human rights violation. Max De Haldevang, Quartz, "The world’s as divided about Bolivia’s alleged coup as Bolivians themselves," 15 Nov. 2019 Andrew Jackson had the most popular and electoral votes by far, but lacked a majority. National Geographic, "What comes to those who persist?," 4 Nov. 2019 The gains in immigrants’ electoral strength have been gradual. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, "As Trump seeks reelection, a growing army of immigrant voters stands in his path," 31 Oct. 2019 The party, which has been in power since the southern African nation won independence from the U.K. in 1966, rebounded from its worst-ever electoral performance in 2014. Antony Sguazzin, Bloomberg.com, "Botswana Opposition Leader Says Vote Was Rigged, Plans Challenge," 30 Oct. 2019 Country readies for winter campaign Britain's parties will now criss-cross the bitterly divided country in search for votes, amid an electoral landscape upended by the political earthquake of 2016's Brexit referendum. Rob Picheta, CNN, "Britain set for December 12 election after MPs approve snap poll," 29 Oct. 2019 The gains in immigrants’ electoral strength have been gradual. Matt Pearce, Los Angeles Times, "As Trump seeks reelection, immigrant voters stand in his path," 23 Oct. 2019

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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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22 Nov 2019

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“Electoral.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/electoral. Accessed 22 November 2019.

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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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