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ELECTION

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does election mean? 

ELECTION (noun)
  The noun ELECTION has 4 senses:

1. a vote to select the winner of a position or political office
2. the act of selecting someone or something; the exercise of deliberate choice
3. the status or fact of being elected
4. the predestination of some individuals as objects of divine mercy (especially as conceived by Calvinists)

  Familiarity information: ELECTION used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


ELECTION (noun)


Sense 1election [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A vote to select the winner of a position or political office

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Context example:

the results of the election will be announced tonight

Hypernyms ("election" is a kind of...):

vote (the opinion of a group as determined by voting)

Domain member category:

plurality; relative majority ((in an election with more than 2 options) the number of votes for the candidate or party receiving the greatest number (but less that half of the votes))

absolute majority; majority ((elections) more than half of the votes)

public servant (someone who holds a government position (either by election or appointment))

contester (someone who contests an outcome (of a race or an election etc.))

contestee (a winner (of a race or an election etc.) whose victory is contested)

absentee ballot ((election) a ballot that is cast while absent (usually mailed in prior to election day))

poll (the counting of votes (as in an election))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "election"):

reelection (election again)

general election (a national or state election; candidates are chosen in all constituencies)

primary; primary election (a preliminary election where delegates or nominees are chosen)

by election; bye election (a special election between regular elections)

runoff (a final election to resolve an earlier election that did not produce a winner)


Sense 2election [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of selecting someone or something; the exercise of deliberate choice

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Context example:

her election of medicine as a profession

Hypernyms ("election" is a kind of...):

choice; option; pick; selection (the act of choosing or selecting)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "election"):

co-optation; co-option (the selection of a new member (usually by a vote of the existing membership))

cumulative vote (an election in which each person has as many votes as there are positions to be filled and they can all be cast for one candidate or can be distributed in any manner)


Sense 3election [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The status or fact of being elected

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Context example:

they celebrated his election

Hypernyms ("election" is a kind of...):

position; status (the relative position or standing of things or especially persons in a society)


Sense 4election [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The predestination of some individuals as objects of divine mercy (especially as conceived by Calvinists)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Hypernyms ("election" is a kind of...):

foreordination; predestination; predetermination; preordination ((theology) being determined in advance; especially the doctrine (usually associated with Calvin) that God has foreordained every event throughout eternity (including the final salvation of mankind))


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