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[ih-lek-ter-uh l] /ɪˈlɛk tər əl/
pertaining to electors or election.
consisting of electors.
Origin of electoral
1665-75; elector + -al1
Related forms
electorally, adverb
pseudoelectoral, adjective Unabridged
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  • The value of their electoral privileges had also evaporated.
  • Another problem is the lack of negative feedback in our electoral system.
  • Politicians are motivated by votes, electoral success and power.
  • The fact that she bailed on her job as governor will be brought out of the bullpen the moment she announces any electoral run.
  • These are places where elective affinities are supplanting electoral politics.
  • Then there will be the more radical and deeper reforms: labor law, the electoral system.
  • But electoral decisions are not made in laboratory settings where issues are dissected.
  • That's not taking away anyone's free speech-it's restoring some sanity to our electoral law.
  • It is not legitimate for the government to attempt to equalize electoral opportunities in this manner.
  • The persistence and pervasiveness of this tradition and its broad implications for electoral politics are difficult to measure.
British Dictionary definitions for electoral


relating to or consisting of electors
Derived Forms
electorally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for electoral

1670s, in reference to Germany, from elector + -al (1). In general sense from 1790. Related: Electorally.

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