What is the difference between “elected” and “selected”?

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    What did you find in a dictionary and why does that not answer the question? Presenting your own research saves anyone else repeating it unnecessarily. (In expanding the question, please click Edit and edit the new data in. Do include a link to an online dictionary, if you used one.)
    – Andrew Leach
    Oct 16 '13 at 11:57
  • @AndrewLeach I have some doubt for this . Is it any tens related words ?
    – Ram
    Oct 16 '13 at 11:59
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    "Is it any tens related words?" doesn't make any sense. You might be interested in a related site: English Language Learners Oct 16 '13 at 12:54
  • "selection" is specific and determinate, while "election" is not determinate. When you elect a thing, it is your choice, but that outcome is not certain. Oct 16 '13 at 13:39

The word "Elect" is about choosing somebody to do a particular job by voting, but the word "select" is about choosing somebody or something according to a system.

As a rule, simply remember if a person is required for a post and he or she will be elected via votes, then you have to use "elect", otherwise use "select".

Hope this answers your question.


Elected (To Elect) is more of a political word, E.g "For some unknown reason we had elected GW Bush to be the president of the United States of America."

Selected(To Select) is used for more common choices. E.g "Please could you select from one of the choices listed above"

  • -1 There are many cases in politics where people are selected for a job; e.g. those appointed directly by a president of prime minister are selected - not elected. And there are many non-political positions, e.g. those running a small charity, who my be elected by the members.
    – TrevorD
    Oct 16 '13 at 13:39
  • I stated. "is MORE" not absolute. GW Bush was elected. The people elected GW Bush, Bush selected his team.
    – Arthor
    Oct 16 '13 at 13:44
  • Side note - (To Elect) - The name that is used Elections (a formal and organized process of electing or being elected, esp. of members of a political body.)
    – Arthor
    Oct 16 '13 at 13:49
  • And I disagree that it is "a political word" in any sense. The fact that elections do happen in politics doesn't make it "more of a political word". As you've agreed selections also happen in politics. And elections also happen outside politics.
    – TrevorD
    Oct 16 '13 at 13:51
  • Most people will correlate (To Elect) from a political point of view, more so in the USA. Of course it can be even used within a class room to elect a class president, nothing to do with politics. (Latin Eligere > Elect). (oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/elect?q=elect)
    – Arthor
    Oct 16 '13 at 13:58

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