electoral

adjective
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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Other Words from electoral

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

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Last weekend’s delay undermined trust in the electoral process, making challenges and the prospect of violent protest more likely, diplomats and policy analysts said. Joe Parkinson, WSJ, "Nigeria’s Election Gets Under Way After a Stop-Start Runup," 23 Feb. 2019 Once a towering figure in politics and literally beyond the law, Najib has fallen from grace swiftly since his historic electoral loss last May 9, which led to the first change of government since Malaysia’s independence from Britain in 1957. Eileen Ng, The Seattle Times, "Malaysian ex-PM Najib combative ahead of 1MDB graft trial," 11 Feb. 2019 On Wednesday, the justices take up a challenge brought by Republicans in Maryland who say Democrats intentionally carved up a congressional district to get an electoral edge. NBC News, "A record number of women are running for office. How are they faring so far?," 28 Mar. 2018 That, too, is enshrined in the Constitution—a right to a democratic electoral process. Jenny Hollander, Marie Claire, "Kamala Harris' Birthright Citizenship Has Already Spiraled Into a Racist Controversy," 22 Jan. 2019 The man leading polls, former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, has been barred from running by electoral authorities because he was convicted of corruption and is in jail. Fox News, "Stabbing of a leading Brazilian candidate could reshape race," 7 Sep. 2018 Yang has observed that the only way to prevent more Trump-like electoral upsets in the future is to replace the income of people whose jobs that are being zapped up by automation (so everyone, basically). Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "Everybody Running for President in 2020," 18 Jan. 2019 An investigative report by the daily newspaper Folha de S. Paulo last week alleged that friendly businessmen were bankrolling the WhatsApp effort, leading to an investigation by the electoral court. Peter Prengaman, The Seattle Times, "A rise from marginal lawmaker to presidential front-runner," 27 Oct. 2018 Da Silva led polls for more than a year, but his candidacy was recently barred by the country's top electoral court. Fox News, "Brazil's da Silva names sucessor, but will voters follow?," 12 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of electoral

1675, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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electoral

adjective

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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