(French) élection, (Latin) electio, from eligere to choose out. See Elect, adjective
1. The act of choosing; choice; selection.2. The act of choosing a person to fill an office, or to membership in a society, as by ballot, uplifted hands, or viva voce; as, the election of a president or a mayor. Corruption in elections is the great enemy of freedom. J. Adams.3. Power of choosing; free will; liberty to choose or active "By his own election led to ill." Daniel.4. Discriminating choice; discernment. (obsolete) To use men with much difference and election is good. Bacon.5. (Theology) Divine choice; predestination of individuals as objects of mercy and salvation; -- one of the "five points" of Calvinism. There is a remnant according to the election of grace. (Roman) xi. 5.6. (Law) The choice, made by a party, of two alternatives, by taking one of which, the chooser is excluded from the other.7. Those who are elected. (obsolete) The election hath obtained it. (Roman) xi. 7. To contest an election. See Contest. -- To make one's election, to choose. He has made his election to walk, in the main, in the old paths. Fitzed. Hall.
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From Anglo-Norman eleccioun, from Latin election-, stem of electio (“choice, selection”), from ēligō (“I pluck out, I choose”).
election (plural elections) A process of choosing a leader, members of parliament, councillors, or other representatives by popular vote. The parliamentary elections will be held in March. 2012 November 7, Matt Bai, “Winning a Second Term, Obama Will Confront Familiar Headwinds”, New York Times: That brief moment after the election four years ago, when many Americans thought Mr. Obama’s election would presage a new, less fractious political era, now seems very much a thing of the past. 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. 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays, II.20: Whosoever searcheth all the circumstances and embraceth all the consequences thereof hindereth his election. (theology) In Calvinism, God's predestination of saints including all of the elect.
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