see at large (senses -) at large: councillor-at-large
Relating to or representing a nation, state, or district as a whole: an at-large city councilor.
- (idiomatic) On the loose; roaming freely; not confined.
- For a nervous twenty-four hours, three wanted criminals were at large in the city.
- The ambassador-at-large was designated to the Middle East as a region, rather than to a specific country.
- In general; as a whole.
- Some people support the measure, but the community at large will probably be against it.
- (US, politics, of an election) Having an electorate across multiple districts.
- The city has five city council districts, however the mayor is elected at large.
From Old French au large (“at liberty and other senses")
- Alternative spelling of at large.
at large - Legal Definition
- Free from confinement, control, or restraint.
- Chosen by the electorate of, or representing the residents of, an entire political unit, such as a state, country, or city, as opposed to a subdivision of the unit, such as a district, riding, or ward.
- Not ordered or organized by topics, especially when referring to a group of statutes or ordinances.