election[ē lek′s̸hən, i-]
- The definition of an election is a choice, particularly a voting.
- An example of an election is a town's voting for the new mayor.
- An example of an election is selecting a new health care provider.
A man casts his vote during an election.
- a choosing or choice
- a choosing or being chosen for office by vote
- a voting, as in a municipality, on some proposition, issue, etc.
- Theol. the selection by God of certain people for salvation and eternal life
Origin of electionMiddle English eleccioun ; from Old French election ; from Classical Latin electio, a choice, in Ecclesiastical Late Latin the election of believers: see elect
- a. The act or process of electing someone to fill an office or position: Officers are chosen by election and not by appointment.b. An instance of this: Did you vote in this election?c. The fact of being elected: her election to the Senate.
- An act of choosing; a selection: your election of benefits.
- Predestined salvation, especially as conceived by Calvinists.
- A process of choosing a leader, members of parliament, councillors, or other representatives by popular vote.
- The parliamentary elections will be held in March.
- The choice of a leader or representative by popular vote.
- The election of John Smith was due to his broad appeal.
- (archaic) Any conscious choice.
- (theology) In Calvinism, God's predestination of saints including all of the elect.
OriginSee also: élection
election - Legal Definition
The process by which an individual is chosen to occupy a public office, or, in some cases, a private one (such as a director serving on a corporate board); in litigation, the making of a choice among remedies, whereby the selection of one may preclude the use of others; in estate law, a choice between inheriting under a will, and pursuing a legal remedy other than as provided in the will. See also elective share.