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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 from the web for elections
  • The party leaders are elected prior to the general elections by party memberships.
  • Consequently, parliament was dissolved to force fresh elections.
  • elections were to take place on an annual basis and representatives were to be unpaid.
  • Coalition talks ensued simultaneously with the presidential elections.
  • In exchange, the following elections would be totally democratic.
  • In his speech he demanded free elections and the withdrawal of soviet troops.
  • No information is available about the results at the last elections.
  • The socialists overwhelmingly won the following regional elections with great majorities.
  • In the same year, an electoral law abolished parliamentary elections.
  • National responsibility requires a return to the people and new elections.
British Dictionary definitions for elections


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 elections



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.

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