- the study of elections.
Origin of psephology
1950–55; < Greek psêpho(s) pebble + -logy; so called from the Athenian custom of casting votes by means of pebbles
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- the statistical and sociological study of elections
C20: from Greek psephos pebble, vote + -logy, from the ancient Greeks' custom of voting with pebbles
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Word Origin and History for psephology
"study of elections," 1952, from Greek psephizein "to vote" (properly "to vote with pebbles," from psephos "pebble") + -logy.
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