pre·​cinct | \ ˈprē-ˌsiŋ(k)t How to pronounce precinct (audio) \

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

Examples of precinct in a Sentence

Voting results from several precincts are delayed. They were taken to the precinct for questioning.
Recent Examples on the Web In 2018, Democrat Kyrsten Sinema collected 50.98% of the precinct’s vote in her first election to the Senate. John Mccormick, WSJ, 24 Mar. 2022 Time is dedicated to understanding the culture of the local precinct, filled with officers who openly mock Leon’s law-and-order machismo. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 Mar. 2022 Currently, there are three precincts — Munster precincts 2, 24, and 25 — at Munster High School with a different door designated for each precinct, Buksa said. Alexandra Kukulka,, 31 Mar. 2022 And could that state lawfully throw out the entire ballot of someone who voted in the wrong precinct — even discarding their votes in statewide races for which the voter is clearly eligible? Washington Post, 12 Nov. 2021 But as former first lady Michelle Obama said at the Democratic convention, Trump’s win in Michigan amounted to a difference of only about two votes for every precinct in the state., 12 Oct. 2020 To help understand McCormack’s effect on crime, ProPublica analyzed data that experts consider a bellwether for a violent precinct like the 4-0: murders, rapes and robberies. ProPublica, 10 Sep. 2020 City officials began searching for a temporary location for the precinct in June. Miguel Otárola, Star Tribune, 10 Sep. 2020 Dan Hardle, the second state delegate elected from that Bluffdale precinct, is also a business owner who decried COVID-19 mandates. Bryan Schott, The Salt Lake Tribune, 8 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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pre·​cinct | \ ˈprē-ˌsiŋkt How to pronounce precinct (audio) \

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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