Etymology
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electorate (n.)

1670s, "condition of being an elector," in reference to Germany, from elector + -ate (1). Meaning "whole body of voters" is from 1879.

updated on August 08, 2014

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Definitions of electorate from WordNet

electorate (n.)
the body of enfranchised citizens; those qualified to vote;
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