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by-election

[bahy-i-lek-shuh n] /ˈbaɪ ɪˌlɛk ʃən/
noun
1.
a special election, not held at the time of a general election, to fill a vacancy in Parliament.
Also, bye-election.
Origin
1875-1880
1875-80; by- + election
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  • He could, however, still seek entry to parliament by contesting a by-election after that.
  • He had been poised to announce that he would stand as a candidate in a by-election.
  • The intent of the by-election is to present a referendum to the government.
British Dictionary definitions for by-election

by-election

noun
1.
(in the United Kingdom and other countries of the Commonwealth) an election held during the life of a parliament to fill a vacant seat in the lower chamber
2.
(in the US) a special election to fill a vacant elective position with an unexpired term
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