- the selection of a person or persons for office by vote.
- a public vote upon a proposition submitted.
- the act of electing.
- Theology. the choice by God of individuals, as for a particular work or for favor or salvation.
Origin of election
Related Words for electionselection, appointment, decision, primary, referendum, poll, ballot, option, choice, determination, preference, franchise, alternative, judgment, ticket
Examples from the Web for election
Contemporary Examples of election
The election of 1964 produced the most liberal Congress since the Democratic landslide of 1936.Thank Congress, Not LBJ for Great Society
Julian Zelizer, Scott Porch
January 4, 2015
In 1989, a newly registered Republican in Louisiana named David Duke won his only election by a fluke.The Louisiana Racists Who Courted Steve Scalise
January 3, 2015
Who was elected president of what country in May in an election that much of the country refused to take part in?Michael Tomasky’s Year-End Quiz: Test Your 2014 News Knowledge
December 26, 2014
Eventually Julio made the decision to become an American Citizen, and even voted for Barack Obama in the 2008 election.Cuban Hip-Hop Was Born in Alamar
December 26, 2014
And, every election, we have our quasi-comic-relief candidates, your Al Haigs and Gary Bauers and Bill Richardsons.Be the Smarter Bush Brother, Jeb: Don’t Run!
December 17, 2014
Historical Examples of election
The young Tory's first election address was delivered upon this occasion.
This was known before the election, so that the result was confidently predicted.
The election of 1964 was a landslide victory for the Democratic Party.
Nor did the service of praise which preceded the election induce a milder spirit.
The morning of the election the sun heaved up on a brassy sky.
- the selection by vote of a person or persons from among candidates for a position, esp a political office
- a public vote on an official proposition
- the act or an instance of choosing
- 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
Word Origin and History for election
late 13c., from Anglo-French eleccioun, Old French elecion "choice, election, selection" (12c.), from Latin electionem (nominative electio), noun of action from past participle stem of eligere "pick out, select," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + -ligere, comb. form of legere "to choose, read" (see lecture (n.)). Theological sense is from late 14c.