election

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From Anglo-Norman eleccioun, from Latin election-, stem of electio (choice, selection), from ēligō (I pluck out, I choose).

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election (plural elections)

  1. A process of choosing a leader, members of parliament, councillors, or other representatives by popular vote.
    The parliamentary elections will be held in March.
    • 2012 November 7, Matt Bai, “Winning a Second Term, Obama Will Confront Familiar Headwinds”, New York Times:
      That brief moment after the election four years ago, when many Americans thought Mr. Obama’s election would presage a new, less fractious political era, now seems very much a thing of the past.
  2. The choice of a leader or representative by popular vote.
    The election of John Smith was due to his broad appeal.
  3. (archaic) Any conscious choice.
    • 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays, II.20:
      Whosoever searcheth all the circumstances and embraceth all the consequences thereof hindereth his election.
    • Francis Bacon
      To use men with much difference and election is good.
  4. (theology) In Calvinism, God's predestination of saints including all of the elect.
  5. (obsolete) Those who are elected.
    • Bible, Rom. xi. 7
      The election hath obtained it.

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election f (plural elections)

  1. election (act or process of being elected to an office)