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election (n.)

c. 1300, eleccioun, "act of choosing" someone to occupy a position, elevation to office" (whether by one person or a body of electors); also "the holding of a vote by a body of electors by established procedure; the time and place of such a vote," from Anglo-French eleccioun, Old French elecion "choice, election, selection" (12c.), from Latin electionem (nominative electio) "a choice, selection," noun of action from past-participle stem of eligere "pick out, select," from ex "out" (see ex-) + -ligere, combining form of legere "to choose," from PIE root *leg- (1) "to collect, gather."

In Middle English also "act of choosing" generally, "choice, free choice" (c. 1400). The theological sense of "God's choice of someone" for eternal life is from late 14c. Meaning "act of choosing, choice" is from c. 1400.

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Definitions of election

election (n.)
a vote to select the winner of a position or political office;
the results of the election will be announced tonight
election (n.)
the act of selecting someone or something; the exercise of deliberate choice;
her election of medicine as a profession
election (n.)
the status or fact of being elected;
they celebrated his election
election (n.)
the predestination of some individuals as objects of divine mercy (especially as conceived by Calvinists);
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