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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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Examples from the Web for re-election
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  • Jefferson declined a re-election as he perceived that a military leader was needed, and he was succeeded by General Nelson.

    Hidden Treasures Harry A. Lewis
  • Save after a four-year interval, the president was ineligible for re-election.

    The Governments of Europe Frederic Austin Ogg
  • That the Committee and Sub-Committee shall retire annually, but shall be eligible for re-election.

    Sporting Dogs Frank Townend Barton
  • Two selectmen, whose terms expired, were candidates for re-election.

    Cy Whittaker's Place Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Both afterward sought and failed to secure a re-election from the Legislature.

    The Greater Republic Charles Morris
British Dictionary definitions for re-election


the election of a person or persons for a further term of office: his re-election as party leader
  1. the state of being elected again: not seeking re-election
  2. (as modifier): a re-election campaign


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 re-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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