Meaning of “by-election” in the English Dictionary


"by-election" in English

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by-electionnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈbaɪ.ɪˌlek.ʃən/ us /ˈbaɪ.ɪˌlek.ʃən/

Examples from literature

  • A by-election had to be fought in Clare, Mr. Fitzgerald seeking re-election on joining the Government. 
  • A little later I was to speak somewhere in the North of England at a by-election in support of the party candidate. 
  • Consequently property-owners were not only cut down to one vote in one district at a general election, but were prevented from voting in another district at a by-election. 
  • I suppose I have fought as many by-elections as most people, and I know that all the advantages lie with the attacking force. 
  • Much more serious was the split with Labour, which led to the loss of seat after seat at by-elections, when the allied forces which stood behind the Parliament Act attacked each other and let the Tories in. 

(Definition of “by-election” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"by-election" in Business English

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by-electionnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈbaɪɪˌlekʃən/ us

GOVERNMENT in the UK, an election which happens at a different time from a main election, to replace someone who has died or left their job:

He won his seat in Parliament in a by-election.

(Definition of “by-election” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)