election (n.)
choice, preference
2H6 I.iii.160 [Suffolk to King] Before we make election, give me leave
AW II.iii.54 [King to Helena, of the Lords] Thy frank election make
Cym I.i.53 [First Gentleman to Second Gentleman, of Posthumus and Innogen] his virtue / By her election may be truly read / What kind of man he is
Cym I.iii.25 [Second Lord to himself, of Innogen] If it be a sin to make a true election, she is damned
Cym I.vii.175 [Iachimo to Innogen, of Posthumus] your great judgement / In the election of a sir so rare
Ham III.ii.74 [Hamlet to Horatio, of his soul] my dear soul was mistress of her choice / And could of men distinguish her election [i.e.could make a discriminating choice]
KL I.i.206 [Burgundy to Lear, of Lear's offer of Cordelia] Election makes not up in such conditions [i.e. it is not possible to choose]
MV II.ix.3 [Nerissa to Servitor] The Prince of Arragon hath ta'en his oath, / And comes to his election presently
MV III.ii.24 [Portia to Bassanio] I speak too long, but 'tis to piece the time ... / To stay you from election
TC I.iii.349 [Nestor to Ulysses] choice, being mutual act of all our souls, / Makes merit her election [i.e. the basis of her choice]
TC II.ii.62 [Troilus to Hector] I take today a wife, and my election / Is led on in the conduct of my will
Tit I.i.186 [Marcus to Titus] the people of Rome ... name thee in election for the empire
Tit I.i.22 [Marcus to Saturninus and Bassianus, of the Romans] have by common voice / In election for the Roman empery / Chosen Andronicus
TNK V.i.154 [Emilia praying to Diana, of Palamon and Arcite] Out of two I should / Choose one ... but I / Am guiltless of election

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