• enPR: ĭ-lĕk'shən, IPA: /ɪˈlekʃ(ə)n/


  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. An option that is selected.
    W-4 election
  4. (archaic) Any conscious choice.
    • 1603, Michel de Montaigne, chapter 20, in John Florio, transl., The Essayes, […], book II, printed at London: By Val[entine] Simmes for Edward Blount […], OCLC 946730821 ↗:
      Whosoever searcheth all the circumstances and embraceth all the consequences thereof hindereth his election.
    • 1625, Francis Bacon, Of Followers and Friends
      To use men with much difference and election is good.
    • 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 […]
  5. (theology) In Calvinism, God's predestination of saints including all of the elect.
  6. (obsolete) Those who are elected.
    • Bible, Rom. xi. 7
      The election hath obtained it.
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