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

The votes have been counted and the electorate has spoken.

b) The geographic area encompassing an electoral district.

The electorate of Finchley borders on the electorate of Much-Binding-in-the-Marsh, splitting the new housing estate of Royal Cupolas.


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  • Electorate — E*lect or*ate, n. [Cf. F. [ e]lectorat.] 1. The territory, jurisdiction, or dignity of an elector, as in the old German empire. [1913 Webster] 2. The whole body of persons in a nation or state who are entitled to vote in an election, or any… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • electorate — elec·tor·ate n: a body of people entitled to vote Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. electorate …   Law dictionary

  • Electorate — may refer to: * All the people entitled to vote in an election. See constituency. * An electoral district, the geographic area of a particular election. * The dominion of an Elector in the Holy Roman Empire …   Wikipedia

  • electorate — 1670s, in reference to Germany, from ELECTOR (Cf. elector) + ATE (Cf. ate) (1). Meaning “whole body of voters” is from 1879 …   Etymology dictionary

  • electorate — ► NOUN 1) the body of people in a country or area who are entitled to vote in an election. 2) Austral./NZ the area represented by one Member of Parliament. 3) historical the office or territories of a German elector …   English terms dictionary

  • electorate — [ē lek′tər it, ilek tər it] n. [ML electoratus] 1. all those qualified to vote in an election 2. the rank or territory of an elector in the Holy Roman Empire …   English World dictionary

  • electorate — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ educated, informed ▪ apathetic, sceptical/skeptical ▪ divided, polarized ▪ general …   Collocations dictionary

  • electorate — [[t]ɪle̱ktərət[/t]] electorates N COUNT COLL The electorate of a country or area is all the people in it who have the right to vote in an election. He has the backing of almost a quarter of the electorate. ...the Maltese electorate …   English dictionary

  • electorate — UK [ɪˈlekt(ə)rət] / US noun [countable, usually singular] Word forms electorate : singular electorate plural electorates all the people who are allowed to vote in an election a policy designed to appeal to all sections of the electorate …   English dictionary

  • electorate — e|lec|to|rate [ıˈlektərıt] n [singular] all the people in a country who have the right to vote ▪ A majority of the electorate oppose the law …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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