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or bye-e·lec·tion

[bahy-i-lek-shuh n]
  1. 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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Examples from the Web for bye-election

Historical Examples

  • He had not long before been returned at a bye-election for Musgrave.

    Reminiscences of Queensland

    William Henry Corfield

  • On the other hand, a defeat at a bye-election equals a victory at a general.

  • Campaigning in the north--speaking at a bye-election--lecturing for the suffrage.

  • For a Cabinet Minister, defeated at a bye-election, a seat must be found.

  • A story is told of a bye-election impending in Yorkshire, in which Pitt had particularly interested himself.

British Dictionary definitions for bye-election



  1. (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
  2. (in the US) a special election to fill a vacant elective position with an unexpired term
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