pre·​cinct | \ ˈprē-ˌsiŋ(k)t \

Definition of precinct

1 : a part of a territory with definite bounds or functions often established for administrative purposes : district: such as
a : a subdivision of a county, town, city, or ward for election purposes
b : a division of a city for police control
2a : an enclosure bounded by the walls of a building often used in plural
b : a sphere of thought, action, or influence often used in plural
3a precincts plural : the region immediately surrounding a place : environs
b : place, locale
4 : boundary often used in plural a ruined tower within the precincts of the squire's grounds— T. L. Peacock

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Examples of precinct in a Sentence

a sexist attitude that was pretty common in the precincts of the automobile business

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The county announced Tuesday evening that voting hours at the precinct would be extended to 9 pm. P.r. Lockhart, Vox, "Voting hours in parts of Georgia extended after technical errors create long lines," 7 Nov. 2018 While other people were handcuffed in the precinct, no one else was in pink handcuffs. Zolan Kanno-youngs, WSJ, "Transgender Woman Says NYPD Falsely Accused Her of Misrepresenting Herself," 22 Jan. 2019 Rossi’s longtime Sammamish precinct preferred Schrier by an 8-percentage-point margin in the Nov. 6 vote tally. Jim Brunner, The Seattle Times, "Map: Kim Schrier won big in King County suburbs, even in Dino Rossi’s neighborhood," 14 Nov. 2018 The Future: The American voting system is decentralized, spliced up into precincts, municipalities, districts, and counties that administer their own defenses against interference. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "If the 2018 Election Is Hacked, This Is How It Will Happen," 5 Nov. 2018 At Valparaiso High School, which housed three Center Township precincts, election judge Kathleen Evans said turnout was steady but a little slow. Staff Report, Post-Tribune, "Indiana primary turnout: 'A flow, but it’s slow'," 8 May 2018 Voter turnout rates at a precinct near Stanislaus State University rose to an amazing 126%, up from just 25% in 2014. Rebecca Dancer, Teen Vogue, "Midterm Elections Voter Participation Seriously Increased at These Colleges Across the Country," 7 Nov. 2018 While all police precincts have their distinct challenges, almost every state in America shares the exact same systemic failing: a backlog of rape kits. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Mariska Hargitay, SVU’s Olivia Benson, and Real-Life Prosecutor Kym Worthy Talk I Am Evidence on HBO," 16 Apr. 2018 There are no national standards for figuring out how many voting booths a precinct should have, how many poll workers or how many lines, much less how the lines should be divided. Jo Craven Mcginty, WSJ, "A Long Wait to Vote? Odds Are, You Were in the A-to-M Line," 16 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of precinct

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for precinct

Middle English, from Medieval Latin praecinctum, from Latin, neuter of praecinctus, past participle of praecingere to gird, encircle, from prae- pre- + cingere to gird — more at cincture

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English Language Learners Definition of precinct

US : any one of the sections that a town or city is divided into when people vote in an election
: any one of the sections that a city is divided into for organizing the city's police forces
: a police station of a precinct


pre·​cinct | \ ˈprē-ˌsiŋkt \

Kids Definition of precinct

1 : any of the sections into which a town or city is divided for a particular purpose (as voting or police protection)
2 : a surrounding or enclosed area Stay within school precincts.

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