Definition of Electorate

1. Noun. The body of enfranchised citizens; those qualified to vote.

Generic synonyms: Citizenry, People
Member holonyms: Constituency, Vote, Elector, Voter
Derivative terms: Elect

Definition of Electorate

1. n. The territory, jurisdiction, or dignity of an elector, as in the old German empire.

Definition of Electorate

1. Noun. The collective people of a country, state, or electoral district who are entitled to vote. ¹

2. Noun. The geographic area encompassing an electoral district. ¹

3. Noun. The dominion of an Elector in the Holy Roman Empire. ¹

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Definition of Electorate

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Medical Definition of Electorate

1. 1. The territory, jurisdiction, or dignity of an elector, as in the old German empire. 2. The whole body of persons in a nation or state who are entitled to vote in an election, or any distinct class or division of them. "The middle-class electorate of Great Britain." (M. Arnold) Origin: Cf. F. Electorat. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Electorate

electoral college
electoral colleges
electoral district
electoral districts
electoral fraud
electoral register
electoral registers
electoral roll
electoral system
electorate (current term)

Literary usage of Electorate

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Introduction to Political Science by Raymond Garfield Gettell (1910)
"The extent of the electorate. That is, the proportion of the entire citizen body that are ... Thc control exercised by the electorate over the other organs ..."

2. The Government of American Cities by William Bennett Munro (1920)
"Importance of the electorate. Frequent tasks imposed upon the American ... CHAPTER V THE MUNICIPAL electorate FIRST in point of importance among the active ..."

3. The Constitution and Government of the State of New York: An Appraisal by New York (State). (1915)
"Representatives and officers—a personnel which is charged with the duties of representing the electorate between elections, and of conducting the business ..."

4. State Government in the United States by Arthur Norman Holcombe (1916)
"The state which would profit most by the wisdom and experience of its members must so organize the electorate and regulate the conduct of elections as to ..."

5. Readings in Political Science by Raymond Garfield Gettell (1911)
"The electorate as a governmental organ. Dealey emphasizes the fact that, ... It is important to note that wherever an electorate exists it becomes ipso ..."

6. Electoral Reform in England and Wales: The Development and Operation of the by Charles Seymour (1915)
"... THE REFORMED electorate, 1867-1884 Significance of the enfranchisement of 1867—New electors in the boroughs—Variation in the increase of voters—Failure ..."

7. An Introduction to the Study of the Government of Modern States by William Franklin Willoughby (1919)
"The situation is one which would seem to call for means by which the sovereign electorate might, independently of its agent, from time to time determine for ..."

8. Unpopular Government in the United States by Albert Martin Kales (1914)
"Today the electorate, while voting furiously, has nevertheless been deprived to a large extent of the ballot because a burden of knowledge—an educational ..."

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