a. The act or process of electing someone to fill an office or position: Officers are chosen by election and not by appointment.
b. An instance of this: Did you vote in this election?
c. The fact of being elected: her election to the Senate.
2. An act of choosing; a selection: your election of benefits.
3. Predestined salvation, especially as conceived by Calvinists.
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