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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
noun: A smaller group of people, as opposed to the general population, involved in picking a person, especially for a political position.
A blend of select + electorate. Both from Latin legere (to choose). Earliest documented use: 1967.
“Because this was not a general election, most of Britain was sitting on the sidelines while a selectorate of 172,437 dues-paying Conservative Party members -- less than 0.3 percent of the population -- determined the country’s political future.”
Karla Adam & William Booth; As Johnson’s Successor, Truss Inherits a UK in Peril; The Washington Post; Sep 6, 2022.
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