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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.


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Nearby words

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Compare by-election.

Origin of general election

An Americanism dating back to 1710–20 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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 bodyCompare primary
US and Canadian (in the US) a national or state election or (in Canada) a federal or provincial election in contrast to a local election
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