The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Election \E*lec"tion\, n. [F. ['e]lection, L. electio, fr.
eligere to choose out. See Elect, a.]
1. The act of choosing; choice; selection.
2. The act of choosing a person to fill an office, or to
membership in a society, as by ballot, uplifted hands, or
viva voce; as, the election of a president or a mayor.
Corruption in elections is the great enemy of
freedom. --J. Adams.
3. Power of choosing; free will; liberty to choose or act.
"By his own election led to ill." --Daniel.
4. Discriminating choice; discernment. [Obs.]
To use men with much difference and election is
5. (Theol.) Divine choice; predestination of individuals as
objects of mercy and salvation; -- one of the "five
points" of Calvinism.
There is a remnant according to the election of
grace. --Rom. xi. 5.
6. (Law) The choice, made by a party, of two alternatives, by
taking one of which, the chooser is excluded from the
7. Those who are elected. [Obs.]
The election hath obtained it. --Rom. xi. 7.
To contest an election. See under Contest.
To make one's election, to choose.
He has made his election to walk, in the main, in
the old paths. --Fitzed.