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English definition of “general election”

general election

an election in which all the voters in a country elect the government : With a general election likely next year , the necessary legislation may not be tabled for more than 12 months . → Compare by-election
(Definition of general election noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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