Definition of precinct
1 : a part of a territory with definite bounds or functions often established for administrative purposes : district: such asa : a subdivision of a county, town, city, or ward for election purposesb : a division of a city for police control
2a : an enclosure bounded by the walls of a building —often used in pluralb : a sphere of thought, action, or influence —often used in plural
4 : boundary —often used in plural a ruined tower within the precincts of the squire's grounds — T. L. Peacock
Examples of precinct in a Sentence
a sexist attitude that was pretty common in the precincts of the automobile business
Recent Examples of precinct from the Web
Police have not officially released the name of the officer who shot Damond, but the Star Tribune on Monday identified him as Mohamed Noor, who joined the department in 2015 and became the first Somali police officer in the 5th precinct.
In a primary that included two African-Americans, Roberts won eight of the 20 precincts with the largest percentages of black voters.
The Indiana Republican State Committee precinct members will vote on Kenley’s replacement at a special meeting within the next couple months.
That same year, Blackwell ordered clerks to throw out provisional ballots if a person voted in the wrong precinct.
She was assigned to the 46th Precinct in the northwest Bronx before an on-duty leg injury resulted in her being sent to the Bronx courts, a sometimes glum place where her sunny disposition and her desire to be active set her apart.
The search is over for an unarmed robbery suspect who escaped this afternoon from a police precinct in Detroit.
At the most, there would be hearing after hearing about the Obama administration's plan to seed thousands of the president's fellow Kenyans in every crucial precinct in Ohio and Florida.
The Fox 13 television station in Memphis reported that another person was also injured after a fight broke out at a basketball court at a park near a police precinct station in the southwest corner of the city.
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PRECINCT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of precinct for English Language Learners
: 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
PRECINCT Defined for Kids
Definition of precinct for Students
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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