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

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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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Others will take on the personas of San Diego movement leaders, including Dr. Charlotte Baker, an obstetrician who organized precinct walks, church meetings and sidewalk talks to push for the right to vote. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Annual parade to mark 100th anniversary of suffrage milestones," 21 Aug. 2019 Dramatic series had room for a greater variety of characters, and their settings— hospitals, precinct houses, courtrooms—allowed for characters from different walks of life to interact. David Canfield,, "They almost wrote Jennifer Aniston off the show?! An exclusive look at the making of Friends," 21 Aug. 2019 Eleven Democratic precinct workers eventually pleaded guilty. Jason Meisner,, "Who is Dan Webb? Meet the special prosecutor appointed to the Jussie Smollett case.," 20 Aug. 2019 Election officials are also instructed to provide each precinct with a paper backup of its voter registration list. CBS News, "Judge orders paper ballot contingency plan for Georgia elections," 16 Aug. 2019 The department has an officer in each of its precincts assigned to search Neighbors for residents’ posts about potential crimes. Jon Schuppe, NBC News, "Amazon is developing high-tech surveillance tools for an eager customer: America's police," 8 Aug. 2019 With all 49 precincts reporting, 6,988 votes (78.4 percent) had been cast against the Willoughby-Eastlake levy, and 1,925 (21.6 percent) in favor of it. Mike Peticca,, "Willoughby-Eastlake school levy fails: Election 2019," 6 Aug. 2019 To date, in an effort to protect the privacy of blind voters’ ballots, elections officials have agreed to increase the minimum number of voters required to use the Ballot Marking Devices from two to five per precinct. Luke Broadwater,, "Blind voters sue Maryland Board of Elections, alleging discrimination at ballot box," 3 Aug. 2019 The Marion County Election Board replaced its traditional precinct-voting requirements with a vote-center plan under which residents can vote anywhere in the county, Hill's office said in a news release. Crystal Hill, Indianapolis Star, "Federal appeals court vacates Marion County voting agreement," 4 June 2019

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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 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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