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CANDIDATE

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Originally appearing in Volume V05, Page 178 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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CANDIDATE, one who offers himself or is selected by others for an office or place, particularly one who puts up for election to parliament or to any public body. The word is derived from the Latin candidatus, clad in white (candidus). In Rome, candidates for election to the higher magistracies appeared in the Campus Martins, the Forum and other public places, during their canvass, in togas with the white of the natural wool brightened by chalk.
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