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electorate

[ih-lek-ter-it] /ɪˈlɛk tər ɪt/
noun
1.
the body of persons entitled to vote in an election.
2.
the dignity or territory of an Elector of the Holy Roman Empire.
Origin
1665-1675
1665-75; elector + -ate3
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  • Changing demographics, however, are shrinking white voters as a segment of the electorate.
  • These developments signify good health in the electorate.
  • The candidates are making their final pitches to the electorate.
  • They are, after all, serving the wishes of the electorate.
  • But this third appearance of cancer suggests that the electorate needed more complete information on the health of this candidate.
  • If anything, it appears to be a surefire recipe for many more electoral defeats at the hands of a browning electorate.
  • Americans are now an electorate of information junkies.
  • But as the electorate gets more and more unsettled, the political volatility and misery is on his hands.
  • Political apathy is not always a bad sign: it can indicate a contented electorate.
  • They are the ideal nihilistic cheerleaders for an angry electorate.
British Dictionary definitions for electorate

electorate

/ɪˈlɛktərɪt/
noun
1.
the body of all qualified voters
2.
the rank, position, or territory of an elector of the Holy Roman Empire
3.
(Austral & NZ) the area represented by a Member of Parliament
4.
(Austral & NZ) the voters in a constituency
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Word Origin and History for electorate
n.

1670s, in reference to Germany, from elector + -ate (1). Meaning "whole body of voters" is from 1879.

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