from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act or an instance of appointing a person to office.
  • n. The act or an instance of submitting a name for candidacy or appointment.
  • n. The state of being nominated.

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  • n. An act or instance of nominating.
  • n. A device or means by which a person or thing is nominated.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of naming or nominating; designation of a person as a candidate for office; the power of nominating; the state of being nominated.
  • n. The denomination, or name.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of nominating or naming; the act of proposing by name for an office; specifically, the act or ceremony of bringing forward and submitting the name of a candidate, especially for an elective office, according to certain prescribed forms.
  • n. The state of being nominated: as, he is in nomination for the post.
  • n. The power of nominating or appointing to office.
  • n. In English ecclesiastical law, the appointment or presentation of a clergyman to a benefice by the patron.
  • n. Denomination; name.
  • n. Mention by name; express mention.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an address (usually at a political convention) proposing the name of a candidate to run for election
  • n. the condition of having been proposed as a suitable candidate for appointment or election
  • n. the act of officially naming a candidate


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From Latin nominationem (nominative of nominatio, from verb nominare)


  • Mr. Cowen is there made to say, not that he _resigned_ nomination; -- But that for reasons there enumerated, "it was his _personal wish to resign his own nomination_ &c. and he submitted to the decision of the meeting, the question whether it would be most expedient to act on his _resignation which_ he now made (_which_ must refer to the _personal wish_ before expressed, for no other resignation is pretended) if the meeting should judge a postponement impracticable, or to postpone acting until he could have time to communicate to some of the particular friends of his nomination (beside those who were present at the meeting) his reasons for resigning, and procure their concurrence _before hand_ &c."

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  • In a post on her personal blog, Professor Feldman compares “being on the ballot” to throwing the ceremonial first pitch at a baseball game, while being placed in nomination is akin to being added to the team roster.

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  • A McCain nomination is unlikely for the most obvious of reasons.

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  • All these methods are more or less included in the ordinary sense of the term nomination; but in its strict canonical sense, nomination is defined as the designation of a person for an ecclesiastical benefice or office made by the competent civil authority and conferring on the person named the right to be canonically instituted by the ecclesiastical superior.

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  • The fact that this nomination is a DONE DEAL doesn't mean you can't [...]

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  • The Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Solicitor General Elena Kagan are weeks away, but her nomination is already becoming a flash point in midterm Congressional campaigns as candidates in both parties try to exploit the coming court fight.

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  • This nomination is a step in the wrong direction, evoking a time when Supreme Court nominations were just political decisions.

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  • To the government of Afghanistan, her nomination is a protest of the exclusion of Afghan voices.

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  • To the US, her nomination is a reminder of the sacrifice that Afghans made to help defeat communism and combat religious extremism.

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  • And, to the Afghan people, her nomination is an acknowledgment of their struggles for peace and justice and a clear signal from the world: You will not be forgotten again.

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