Definition of pre-election in US English:


(also pre-electoral)


  • attributive Occurring or existing in the time leading up to an election.

    ‘his pre-election speech’
    • ‘The final poll you should do is a pre-election ballot test about two to three weeks before the election.’
    • ‘With good pre-election polling, both candidates will be able to determine very accurately how much they need to move.’
    • ‘Thousands of homes across York are to receive a pre-election video from the city's Tory candidate in the May poll.’
    • ‘In contrast to previous elections, the pre-election campaign has so far been dull.’
    • ‘Prospects of a pre-election giveaway Budget on December 5 are fading fast.’
    • ‘In particular, I must congratulate you on your pre-election editorial.’
    • ‘Of 25,000 leaflets they distributed pre-election a large majority were targeted on the town.’
    • ‘Weir House hosted a pre-election forum last week with candidates from every party in Parliament.’
    • ‘What effect will the result have on the pre-electoral mood of the masses?’
    • ‘I have to give our pre-election speech to the Press Club and need to prepare a bit.’
    • ‘If a church holds a pre-election forum, it is required to invite all qualifying candidates to speak.’
    • ‘He should not discount the impact a successful pre-election budget would have on both his reputation and his standing within the government.’
    • ‘More often than not, the candidate whom pre-election polls indicate will win does in fact win.’
    • ‘Tomorrow night, I'll be with you live for a special pre-election show with some great guests.’
    • ‘The polls paint a bleak pre-election picture for the Executive, particularly on policies that matter to Labour.’