By-election definition

bīĭ-lĕkshən
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A special election held between general elections to fill a vacancy, as for a parliamentary seat.
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An election held to fill a political office that has become vacant between regularly-scheduled elections.
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A special election held to fill a political office that has become vacant between general elections.
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A special election held in the interval between regular elections, esp. one held to fill a vacancy in the British House of Commons.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
by-election
Plural:
by-elections

Origin of by-election

  • From by- +‎ election.

    From Wiktionary