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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.
Origin of election
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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  • Hence, "going to the polls" has obtained the same meaning as going to an election.

    The Government Class Book Andrew W. Young
  • The morning of the election the sun heaved up on a brassy sky.

  • These charges printed in the opposition paper offered me my only chance for election.

    The Iron Puddler James J. Davis
  • Nor did the service of praise which preceded the election induce a milder spirit.

  • Moreover, the mode of choice which they make use of at the election of their senators is very childish.

    Politics Aristotle
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-French eleccioun, Old French elecion "choice, election, selection" (12c.), from Latin electionem (nominative electio), noun of action from past participle stem of eligere "pick out, select," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + -ligere, comb. form of legere "to choose, read" (see lecture (n.)). Theological sense is from late 14c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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