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general election

U.S. Politics.
  1. a regularly scheduled local, state, or national election in which voters elect officeholders.
    Compare primary (def 15).
  2. a state or national election, as opposed to a local election.
British. an election, which must be held at any time within five years of the last election, in which constituents elect members of the House of Commons.
Compare by-election.
Origin of general election
An Americanism dating back to 1710-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • If it were not for the general election, we really must have a war for variety's sake.

    Vivian Grey Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
  • Three of his members assure me that he will give me a seat at the general election.'

    James Boswell William Keith Leask
  • The amendment was voted upon at the general election of November, 1896.

  • Mr. Pinks is dead—the fellow, you know, who got the seat at the general election.

    The Tragic Muse

    Henry James
  • "Yes, you will see when the general election comes," said Gore.

    The Arbiter Lady F. E. E. Bell
British Dictionary definitions for general election

general election

an election in which representatives are chosen in all constituencies of a state
(US) a final election from which successful candidates are sent to a legislative body Compare primary
(US & Canadian) (in the US) a national or state election or (in Canada) a federal or provincial election in contrast to a local election
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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