chosen by vote, as for an office (contrasted with appointed): an elected official.


Origin of elected

First recorded in 1550–60; elect + -ed2
Related formsself-e·lect·ed, adjectiveun·e·lect·ed, adjective
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Examples from the Web for self-elected

Historical Examples of self-elected

  • We talk of choosing our friends, but friends are self-elected.

    Essays, First Series

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • You cannot be pitied by your friends and equals, only by your self-elected superiors.

    Nights in London

    Thomas Burke

  • The borough franchise was in the hands of the magistrates, who were self-elected.

    Fletcher of Saltoun

    G. W. T. Omond

  • And these were men, the makers of law, the self-elected rulers of the world.

    Mrs. Balfame

    Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton

  • Charles would have to remain the self-elected lifelong victim that he was.

    The Hills of Refuge

    Will N. Harben

British Dictionary definitions for self-elected



having been elected or appointed to a post, position, etc, by onself
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