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12/18/20

Sense two. Election noun
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Elec·​tion |\ i-ˈlek-shən\
Definition of election

1a: an act or process of electing the election of a new governor
B: the fact of being elected her election to the Senate
2: predestination to eternal life
3: the right, power, or privilege of making a choice
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choice, choosing, picking, selecting, selection

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Choice, option, alternative, preference, selection, election mean the act or opportunity of choosing or the thing chosen. Choice suggests the opportunity or privilege of choosing freely. Freedom of choice option implies a power to choose that is specifically granted or guaranteed. The option of paying now or later alternative implies a need to choose one and reject another possibility. Equally attractive alternatives preference suggests a choice guided by one's judgment or predilections. A preference for cool weather selection implies a range of choice. A varied selection of furniture election implies an end or purpose which requires exercise of judgment. Doing a tax return forces certain elections on you
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He's favored to win the election. The scandal may affect his chances for election.
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Recent Examples on the Web Instead, Wall Street is having a rip-roaring year, including a huge rally after the election. — Carolyn Said, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Area companies get pandemic boost on way to Wall Street," 5 Dec. 2020 Raffensperger could certify the election again as soon as Saturday; the result is not expected to change. — Aamer Madhani, Star Tribune, "Trump presses Georgia governor to help subvert election," 5 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of election

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a
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