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electorate

[ih-lek-ter-it] /ɪˈlɛk tər ɪt/
noun
1.
the body of persons entitled to vote in an election.
2.
the dignity or territory of an Elector of the Holy Roman Empire.
Origin of electorate
1665-1675
First recorded in 1665-75; elector + -ate3
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  • The people who believe in the fairies form the bulk of the Irish electorate.

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
  • The great mass of the Irish electorate know nothing of all this.

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
  • Are not these the very qualities most needed in our electorate?

  • He probably had some vague idea of consulting the wishes of the electorate.

    The Red Hand of Ulster George A. Birmingham
  • He did not say "Ladies and gentlemen," or "electorate of Birmingham," or anything of the kind.

    Recollections David Christie Murray
British Dictionary definitions for electorate

electorate

/ɪˈlɛktərɪt/
noun
1.
the body of all qualified voters
2.
the rank, position, or territory of an elector of the Holy Roman Empire
3.
(Austral & NZ) the area represented by a Member of Parliament
4.
(Austral & NZ) the voters in a constituency
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Word Origin and History for electorate
n.

1670s, in reference to Germany, from elector + -ate (1). Meaning "whole body of voters" is from 1879.

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