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Borrowed from Anglo-Norman eleccioun, from Latin ēlectiōn-, stem of ēlectiō (choice, selection), from ēligō (I pluck out, I choose).


  • enPR: ĭ-lĕk'shən, IPA(key): /ɪˈlekʃ(ə)n/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɛkʃən


election (countable and uncountable, 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”, in New York Times[1]:
      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, transl.; Michel de Montaigne, chapter 20, in The Essayes, [], book II, printed at London: By Val[entine] Simmes for Edward Blount [], OCLC 946730821:
      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.
    • Samuel Taylor Coleridge
      The predestinative force of a free agent's own will in certain absolute acts, determinations, or elections, and in respect of which acts it is one either with the divine or the devilish will; and if the former, the conclusions to be drawn from God's goodness, faithfulness, and spiritual presence; these supply grounds of argument of a very different character []
  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. choice; selection (person, object that is selected)
  2. election (act or process of being elected to an office)