co-optation

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n co-optation the act of appointing summarily (with or without the appointee's consent)
    • n co-optation the selection of a new member (usually by a vote of the existing membership)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • co-optation the act of appointing summarily (with or without the appointee's consent).
    • n co-optation The act of choosing; selection; choice. "The first election and coƶptation of a friend."
    • co-optation the selection of a new member (usually by a vote of the existing membership). See co-opt{2}.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n co-optation Choice; selection in general; mutual choice.
    • n co-optation Specifically Coöperative choice; election; especially, election to membership in a committee, board, or society by its existing members.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. coƶptatio,

Usage

In literature:

The addition of younger persons to this council by co-optation is an improvement on the governing body of the Republic.
"Laws" by Plato
These two, also on oath, are to add by co-optation ten more for the jury of the hundred.
"Our Legal Heritage, 5th Ed." by S. A. Reilly
The co-optation of officials is merely a co-optation by elimination.
"The Cult of Incompetence" by Emile Faguet
The remaining eight were to be co-optative.
"A History of Giggleswick School" by Edward Allen Bell
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