[ ih-lek-shuhn ]
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  1. the selection of a person or persons for office by vote: In 2018, elections for governors were held in 36 states.

  2. the status of being or having been elected: his fading chances for election;the international coverage of her election.

  1. a public vote upon a proposition submitted: The official results of today’s election regarding use of public lands will not be reported any earlier than tomorrow.

  2. the act of electing: There is no evidence to suggest violation of the rules of election.

  3. Theology. the choice by God of individuals, as for a particular work or for favor or salvation: Election is not a hidden decree, but the decree revealed in Christ.

Origin of election

First recorded in 1225–75; from Latin ēlēctiōn- (stem of ēlēctiō ), equivalent to ēlēct(us) (see elect) + -iōn- noun suffix (see -ion); replacing Middle English eleccioun, from Anglo-French

Other words from election

  • in·ter·e·lec·tion, adjective
  • non·e·lec·tion, noun
  • post·e·lec·tion, adjective
  • re·e·lec·tion, noun, adjective
  • self-e·lec·tion, noun
  • sub·e·lec·tion, noun

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How to use election in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for election


/ (ɪˈlɛkʃən) /

  1. the selection by vote of a person or persons from among candidates for a position, esp a political office

  2. a public vote on an official proposition

  1. the act or an instance of choosing

  2. Christianity

    • the doctrine of Calvin that God chooses certain individuals for salvation without reference to their faith or works

    • the doctrine of Arminius and others that God chooses for salvation those who, by grace, persevere in faith and works

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