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by-election

or bye-e·lec·tion

[ bahy-i-lek-shuhn ]
/ ˈbaɪ ɪˌlɛk ʃən /
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noun
a special election, not held at the time of a general election, to fill a vacancy in Parliament.
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Origin of by-election

First recorded in 1875–80; by- + election
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British Dictionary definitions for by-election

by-election

bye-election


noun
(in the United Kingdom and other countries of the Commonwealth) an election held during the life of a parliament to fill a vacant seat in the lower chamber
(in the US) a special election to fill a vacant elective position with an unexpired term
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