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[ih-lek-ter-it] /ɪˈlɛk tər ɪt/

the body of persons entitled to vote in an .
the dignity or territory of an Elector of the Holy Roman Empire.
the body of all qualified voters
the rank, position, or territory of an elector of the Holy Roman Empire
(Austral & NZ) the area represented by a Member of Parliament
(Austral & NZ) the voters in a constituency

1670s, in reference to Germany, from elector + -ate (1). Meaning “whole body of voters” is from 1879.


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