Definition of acclamation in English:


Line breaks: ac¦clam|ation
Pronunciation: /ˌakləˈmeɪʃ(ə)n


[mass noun]


by acclamation

  • 1(Of election, agreement, etc.) by overwhelming vocal approval and without ballot: the First Chamber approved ratification of the Treaty by acclamation
    More example sentences
    • Her election by acclamation, rather than ballot, immediately reminded us of past political practices which did not tolerate dissent.
    • All nominations were approved by acclamation.
    • Although the Security Council approved the proposal by acclamation, time did not permit debate about its merits or shortcomings.
  • 2Canadian (Of election) by virtue of being the sole candidate.
    More example sentences
    • After Cobb was declared the Green Party nominee, his running mate Patricia LaMarche, a leader of the Green Party in Maine, was named the vice presidential candidate by acclamation.
    • Lynge's appointment to the forum is by acclamation, since Lynge is the only nominee from Europe and the Arctic, and will be confirmed when the forum starts its third session next week at UN headquarters in New York.
    • Chadi, however, claims that Gill has not only asked him to drop out of the race to let Bethel win by acclamation, but has also done his darndest to ensure the former MLA doesn't have much of a chance of running the race.


mid 16th century: from Latin acclamatio(n-), from acclamare 'shout at', later 'shout in approval' (see acclaim).

More definitions of acclamation

Definition of acclamation in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day coloratura
Pronunciation: ˌkələrəˈto͝orə
elaborate ornamentation of a vocal melody