From Middle English eleccioun, eleccion, from Anglo-Norman eleccioun, from Latin ēlectiōn-, stem of ēlectiō (“choice, selection”), from ēligō (“I pluck out, I choose”).
- (Received Pronunciation) enPR: ĭ-lĕk'shən, IPA(key): /ɪˈlɛkʃ(ə)n/
- (General American) IPA(key): /əˈlɛkʃ(ə)n/
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- Rhymes: -ɛkʃən
- Hyphenation: elect‧ion
election (countable and uncountable, plural elections)
- A process of choosing a leader, members of parliament, councillors, or other representatives by popular vote.
- The parliamentary election(s) will be held in March.
- How did you vote in (UK also: at) the last election?
- 2012 November 7, Matt Bai, “Winning a Second Term, Obama Will Confront Familiar Headwinds”, in New York Times:
- That brief moment after the election four years ago, when many Americans thought Mr. Obama’s election would presage a new, less fractious political era, now seems very much a thing of the past.
- The choice of a leader or representative by popular vote.
- The election of John Smith was due to his broad appeal.
- An option that is selected.
- W-4 election
- (archaic) Any conscious choice.
- 1603, Michel de Montaigne, chapter 20, in John Florio, transl., The Essayes […], book II, London: […] Val[entine] Simmes for Edward Blount […], →OCLC:
- Whosoever searcheth all the circumstances and embraceth all the consequences thereof hindereth his election.
- 1625, Francis [Bacon], “Of Followers and Friends”, in The Essayes […], 3rd edition, London: […] Iohn Haviland for Hanna Barret, →OCLC:
- To use men with much difference and election is good.
- 1830, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Notes on The Pilgrim's Progress
- The predestinative force of a free agent's own will in certain absolute acts, determinations, or elections, and in respect of which acts it is one either with the divine or the devilish will; and if the former, the conclusions to be drawn from God's goodness, faithfulness, and spiritual presence; these supply grounds of argument of a very different character […]
- (theology) In Calvinism, God's predestination of saints including all of the elect.
- 1684, John Bunyan, A Holy Life, the Beauty of Christianity: Or, An Exhortation to Christians to be Holy, London: […] B. W. for Benj[amin] Alsop, […], →OCLC, page 3:
- (obsolete) Those who are elected.
- 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), London: […] Robert Barker, […], →OCLC, Romans 11:7:
- The election hath obtained it.
- (theology): chosenness
process of choosing a new leader or representatives by popular vote
choice of a leader or representatives
- Election on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
- Predestination on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
election f (plural elections)