What does election mean?

Definitions for election
ɪˈlɛk ʃənelec·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. election(noun)

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

    "the results of the election will be announced tonight"

  2. election(noun)

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

    "her election of medicine as a profession"

  3. election(noun)

    the status or fact of being elected

    "they celebrated his election"

  4. election(noun)

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


  1. election(Noun)

    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. election(Noun)

    The choice of a leader or representative by popular vote.

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

  3. election(Noun)

    Any conscious choice.

  4. election(Noun)

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

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Election(adj)

    the act of choosing; choice; selection

  2. Election(adj)

    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. Election(adj)

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

  4. Election(adj)

    discriminating choice; discernment

  5. Election(adj)

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

  6. Election(adj)

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

  7. Election(adj)

    those who are elected

  8. Origin: [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

    An opportunity to elect a person for a specific role, responsibility and purpose.

    There are general 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

How to pronounce election?

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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. Ed Rollins:

    If he loses the election.

  2. Jason MacDonald:

    There will be no early election.

  3. Craig Holman:

    2016 will be a watershed election.

  4. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio:

    This election is about the future.

  5. Former President Bill Clinton:

    James Comey cost her the election.

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