To contest an election


To contest an election
Election E*lec"tion, n. [F. ['e]lection, L. electio, fr. eligere to choose out. See {Elect}, a.] 1. The act of choosing; choice; selection. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

Corruption in elections is the great enemy of freedom. --J. Adams. [1913 Webster]

3. Power of choosing; free will; liberty to choose or act. ``By his own election led to ill.'' --Daniel. [1913 Webster]

4. Discriminating choice; discernment. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

To use men with much difference and election is good. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

5. (Theol.) Divine choice; predestination of individuals as objects of mercy and salvation; -- one of the ``five points'' of Calvinism. [1913 Webster]

There is a remnant according to the election of grace. --Rom. xi. 5. [1913 Webster]

6. (Law) The choice, made by a party, of two alternatives, by taking one of which, the chooser is excluded from the other. [1913 Webster]

7. Those who are elected. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

The election hath obtained it. --Rom. xi. 7. [1913 Webster]

{To contest an election}. See under {Contest}.

{To make one's election}, to choose. [1913 Webster]

He has made his election to walk, in the main, in the old paths. --Fitzed. Hall. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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