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


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.
  4. (theology) In Calvinism, God's predestination of saints including all of the elect.

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election f (plural elections)

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