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a special election, not held at the time of a general election, to fill a vacancy in Parliament.
Historical Examples

The Master of Mrs. Chilvers Jerome K. Jerome
Reminiscences of Queensland William Henry Corfield
The Testing of Diana Mallory Mrs. Humphry Ward
The Grey Wig: Stories and Novelettes Israel Zangwill
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 12, Slice 3 Various
The Testing of Diana Mallory Mrs. Humphry Ward
Fifteen Chapters of Autobiography George William Erskine Russell
The Great North Road: York to Edinburgh Charles G. Harper
The New Machiavelli Herbert George Wells
Handbook of Home Rule (1887) W. E. Gladstone et al.

(in the United Kingdom and other countries of the Commonwealth) an election held during the life of a parliament to fill a vacant seat in the lower chamber
(in the US) a special election to fill a vacant elective position with an unexpired term


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