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Meaning of election by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • enPR: ĭ-lĕk'shən, IPA: /ɪˈlekʃ( ə )n/, X-SAMPA: /I"lekS( @ )n/
    • Rhymes: -ɛkʃən


    From Anglo-Norman eleccioun, from Latin election-, stem of electio ( “choice, selection” ), from ēligō ( “I pluck out, I choose” ) .


    election ( plural: elections )

    1. A process of choosing a leader, members of parliament, councillors, or other representatives by popular vote .
      The parliamentary elections will be held in March .
    2. The choice of a leader or representative by popular vote .
      The election of John Smith was due to his broad appeal .
    3. Any conscious choice.
    4. ( theology ) In Calvinism, God's predestination of saints including all of the elect .

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    • Election on Wikipedia .
    • Predestination on Wikipedia .

Explanation of election by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. the act of selecting someone or something

    2. her election of medicine as a profession
    3. a vote to select the winner of a position or political office

    4. the results of the election will be announced tonight
    5. the predestination of some individuals as objects of divine mercy ( especially as conceived by Calvinists )

    6. the status or fact of being elected

    7. they celebrated his election

    Definition of election by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Election n. [F. élection, L. electio, fr. eligere to choose out. See Elect, a.]
      1. The act of choosing; choice; selection.

      2. The act of choosing a person to fill an office, or to membership in a society, as by ballot, uplifted hands, or viva voce; as, “the election of a president or a mayor”.

      Corruption in elections is the great enemy of freedom. J. Adams.

      3. Power of choosing; free will; liberty to choose or act. “By his own election led to ill.” Daniel.

      4. Discriminating choice; discernment. [Obs.]

      To use men with much difference and election is good. Bacon.

      5. ( Theol. ) Divine choice; predestination of individuals as objects of mercy and salvation; -- one of the “five points” of Calvinism.

      There is a remnant according to the election of grace. Rom. xi. 5.

      6. ( Law ) The choice, made by a party, of two alternatives, by taking one of which, the chooser is excluded from the other.

      7. Those who are elected. [Obs.]

      The election hath obtained it. Rom. xi. 7.

      To contest an election. See under Contest. -- To make one's election, to choose.

      He has made his election to walk, in the main, in the old paths. Fitzed. Hall.