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[ih-lek-shuh n] /ɪˈlɛk ʃən/
the selection of a person or persons for office by vote.
a public vote upon a proposition submitted.
the act of electing.
Theology. the choice by God of individuals, as for a particular work or for favor or salvation.
1225-75; < Latin ēlēctiōn- (stem of ēlēctiō), equivalent to ēlēct(us) (see elect) + -iōn- -ion; replacing Middle English eleccioun < Anglo-French
Related forms
interelection, adjective
nonelection, noun
postelection, adjective
reelection, noun, adjective
self-election, noun
subelection, noun Unabridged
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Examples for election
  • In municipalities across the country, election officials are employing computerized voting machines in lieu of paper ballots.
  • The ruling party is faring well in the election campaign.
  • Only twice has a president's party gained seats in his first midterm election.
  • Online election wagering forums are giving political pollsters a run for their money.
  • And voters are not much happier about the deluge of ballot measures they face each election cycle.
  • His election may have been historic, but the comment does not belong in your historic choices column.
  • But state election laws also allow other uses of voter data.
  • Of course, in an election year, coverage of the war is more important than ever.
  • All the more reason to wonder whether this election can be construed as a national plebiscite on net neutrality.
  • Sometimes voters handed their votes to election clerks for deposit, inviting further fiddling with the results.
British Dictionary definitions for election


the selection by vote of a person or persons from among candidates for a position, esp a political office
a public vote on an official proposition
the act or an instance of choosing
  1. the doctrine of Calvin that God chooses certain individuals for salvation without reference to their faith or works
  2. the doctrine of Arminius and others that God chooses for salvation those who, by grace, persevere in faith and works
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Word Origin and History for election
late 13c., from Anglo-Fr. eleccioun, from L. electionem, from stem of eligere "pick out, select," from ex- "out" + -ligere, comb. form of legere "to choose, read" (see lecture). Electioneer first attested 1789 in writing of Thomas Jefferson (probably on model of auctioneer, as the verb engineer was not yet in use).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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