What does Election mean?

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ɪˈlɛk ʃənElec·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. electionnoun

    a vote to select the winner of a position or political office

    "the results of the election will be announced tonight"

  2. electionnoun

    the act of selecting someone or something; the exercise of deliberate choice

    "her election of medicine as a profession"

  3. electionnoun

    the status or fact of being elected

    "they celebrated his election"

  4. electionnoun

    the predestination of some individuals as objects of divine mercy (especially as conceived by Calvinists)


  1. electionnoun

    A process of choosing a leader, members of parliament, councillors or other representatives by popular vote.

    The parliamentary elections will be held in March.

  2. electionnoun

    The choice of a leader or representative by popular vote.

    The election of John Smith was due to his broad appeal.

  3. electionnoun

    Any conscious choice.

  4. electionnoun

    In Calvinism, God's predestination of saints including all of the elect.

  5. Etymology: From eleccioun, from election-, stem of electio, from eligo.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Electionnoun

    Etymology: electio, Latin.

    If the election of the minister should be committed to every several parish, do you think that they would chuse the meetest. John Whitgift.

    I was sorry to hear with what partiality, and popular heat, elections were carried in many places. Charles I .

    Him, not thy election,
    But natural necessity, begot. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. x.

    As charity is, nothing can more increase the lustre and beauty than a prudent election of objects, and a fit application of it to them. Thomas Sprat, Sermons.

    For what is man without a moving mind,
    Which hath a judging wit, and chusing will!
    Now, if God’s pow’r should her election bind,
    Her motions then would cease, and stand all still. Davies.

    He calls upon the sinners to turn themselves and live; he tells us, that he has set before us life and death, and referred it to our own election which we will chuse. John Rogers, Sermons.

    The conceit about absolute election to eternal life, some enthusiasts entertaining, have been made remiss in the practice of virtue. Francis Atterbury, Sermons.

    Since the late dissolution of the club, many persons put up for the next election. Joseph Addison, Spectator, №. 550.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Electionadjective

    the act of choosing; choice; selection

  2. Electionadjective

    the act of choosing a person to fill an office, or to membership in a society, as by ballot, uplifted hands, or viva voce; as, the election of a president or a mayor

  3. Electionadjective

    power of choosing; free will; liberty to choose or act

  4. Electionadjective

    discriminating choice; discernment

  5. Electionadjective

    divine choice; predestination of individuals as objects of mercy and salvation; -- one of the "five points" of Calvinism

  6. Electionadjective

    the choice, made by a party, of two alternatives, by taking one of which, the chooser is excluded from the other

  7. Electionadjective

    those who are elected

  8. Etymology: [F. lection, L. electio, fr. eligere to choose out. See Elect, a.]


  1. Election

    An election is a formal decision-making process by which a population chooses an individual to hold public office. Elections have been the usual mechanism by which modern representative democracy has operated since the 17th century. Elections may fill offices in the legislature, sometimes in the executive and judiciary, and for regional and local government. This process is also used in many other private and business organizations, from clubs to voluntary associations and corporations. The universal use of elections as a tool for selecting representatives in modern democracies is in contrast with the practice in the democratic archetype, ancient Athens. As the Elections were considered an oligarchic institution and most political offices were filled using sortition, also known as allotment, by which officeholders were chosen by lot. Electoral reform describes the process of introducing fair electoral systems where they are not in place, or improving the fairness or effectiveness of existing systems. Psephology is the study of results and other statistics relating to elections. To elect means "to choose or make a decision" and so sometimes other forms of ballot such as referendums are referred to as elections, especially in the United States.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz


    A periodical picnic for the American People. Held in booths, where the Voter puts in his ballot, and The Machine elects whatever it chooses. A day when the lowliest may make their mark and even beggars may ride; when the Glad Mit gets promiscuous and everything is full--particularly the lodging-houses.

Editors Contribution

  1. election

    To use a form of proportional representation voting system to elect a candidate for a specific political job description, person specification, role, responsibilities and purpose with accurate and specific principles and rules created in legislation.

    There are political elections in countries around the world every year.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 24, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Election' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1024

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Election' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1653

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Election' in Nouns Frequency: #253

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Election in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Election in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of Election in a Sentence

  1. John Ciorciari:

    If Pheu Thai does reach the number needed to form a new government, it is unclear how the military leadership would respond, regardless of the election result, it is unlikely to put an end to Thailands protracted political crisis.

  2. Ken Martin:

    I absolutely think they are wrong, the reality is if we don't figure out a way to win in rural parts of our country and win in the industrial Midwest, we are not going to be able to win a presidential election.

  3. Donald Trump:

    I mean, maybe he's got no heart. And if this means I lose an election, that's fine, because, frankly, we have to take care of the people in our country. We can't let them die on the sidewalks of New York or the sidewalks of Iowa or anywhere else.

  4. James Scott, Senior Fellow, Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology:

    Between the black box proprietary code, barebones computers we call voting machines and a mass of completely unqualified election officials, our election system is up for grabs to anybody with even a modest interest and some script kiddie capability. The cyber-kinetic attack surface here is wide open.

  5. Selahattin Demirtas:

    It's not we who created the atmosphere of fear, but the PKK and the groups linked to it. The HDP is the one who benefits from such an atmosphere, the AK Party could not run an election campaign in the southeast due to this atmosphere.

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