psephology
noun Etymology: Greek psēphos pebble, ballot, vote; from the use of pebbles by the ancient Greeks in voting Date: 1952 the scientific study of elections • psephological adjectivepsephologist noun

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  • Psephology — (from Greek psephos ψῆφος, pebble , which the Greeks used as ballots) is the statistical analysis of elections. Psephology uses compilations of precinct voting returns for elections going back some years, public opinion polls, campaign finance… …   Wikipedia

  • psephology — [sē fäl′ə jē] n. [< Gr psēphos, pebble (used in voting): see PSEPHITE & LOGY] the statistical evaluation of election returns or of political polls psephological [sēfə läj′i kəl] adj. psephologist n …   English World dictionary

  • psephology — [20] The term psephology ‘study of voting patterns’ was coined in the early 1950s by R B McCallum from Greek pséphos ‘pebble’. Pebbles were used in ancient Greece for casting votes, and so pséphos came to mean metaphorically ‘vote’ – hence… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • psephology — [20] The term psephology ‘study of voting patterns’ was coined in the early 1950s by R B McCallum from Greek pséphos ‘pebble’. Pebbles were used in ancient Greece for casting votes, and so pséphos came to mean metaphorically ‘vote’ – hence… …   Word origins

  • psephology — psephological / feuh loj i keuhl/, adj. psephologist, n. /see fol euh jee/, n. the study of elections. [1950 55; < Gk psêpho(s) pebble + LOGY; so called from the Athenian custom of casting votes by means of pebbles] * * * …   Universalium

  • psephology — noun The predictive or statistical study of elections. See Also: psephocracy …   Wiktionary

  • psephology — pse|phol|o|gy [seˈfɔlədʒi US si:ˈfa: ] n [U] BrE technical [Date: 1900 2000; : Greek; Origin: psephos small stone, vote ; because the ancient Greeks used small stones for voting] the study of how people vote in elections >psephologist n …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • psephology — The study of elections, voting patterns, and electoral behaviour, and the forecasting of election results. This became a specialist field of political sociology with the spread of regular opinion polls on voting intentions, major post election… …   Dictionary of sociology

  • psephology — study of election results and voting trends Sciences and Studies …   Phrontistery dictionary

  • psephology — [sɛ fɒlədʒi, sɪ ] noun the statistical study of elections and trends in voting. Derivatives psephological adjective psephologist noun Origin 1950s: from Gk psēphos pebble, vote + logy …   English new terms dictionary

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