elec·​tor·​ate | \ i-ˈlek-t(ə-)rət How to pronounce electorate (audio) \

Definition of electorate

1 : the territory, jurisdiction, or dignity of a German elector
2 : a body of people entitled to vote

Examples of electorate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Over the long run, the inevitable generational shift in the electorate poses a challenge for Republicans. David Lauter, Los Angeles Times, 29 Apr. 2022 At that point, millennials will represent the largest single generation in the electorate. Ronald Brownstein, CNN, 12 Apr. 2022 The enormous, dynamic field has been battling under the radar of a disengaged electorate for months, raising millions and touting impressive résumés but unable to attract attention. Ovetta Wiggins, Washington Post, 5 June 2022 White voters who identify as liberals make up nearly a third of the likely electorate for the primary, the poll found. Los Angeles Times, 5 June 2022 That leaves the map tilted slightly to the right of the national electorate, since Biden won the presidency by more than 4 percentage points. Nicholas Riccardi, Chicago Tribune, 3 June 2022 On Sunday, a 39-million strong electorate will be eligible to cast their ballots in the first round of voting. Stefano Pozzebon, CNN, 27 May 2022 The party then brought in REDMAP, which used proprietary software, in secret, to slice and dice the electorate based on all manner of demographic data. Sue Halpern, The New Yorker, 25 May 2022 But for the organizers who pushed to mobilize voters in 2020 and are continuing to try to expand Georgia’s electorate, that work will be made only more difficult under the new law. New York Times, 23 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of electorate

1620, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of electorate was in 1620

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21 Jun 2022

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“Electorate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/electorate. Accessed 25 Jun. 2022.

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Legal Definition of electorate

: a body of people entitled to vote

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