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  1. A person elected or designated by a convention, caucus, or any elective body to serve an office, appointment, or award. For example, the U.S. federal constitution gives the power to nominate ambassadors, public ministers and consuls, and Supreme Court justices with approval from the Senate, making those persons nominees. Article II, Section 2.2. Also, in the U.S. presidential race, a presidential nominee is the person nominated by their political party to run for U.S. president. See Library of Congress.
  2. A person taking the place of another under a contract for a limited purpose. For example, it can be an individual taking the place of the buyer in a property transaction. See Lee v. Ravanis. Also, it could be a person named or designated as recipient of grant or conveyance of property. Thompson v. Meyers.
  3. A person who manages funds or the legal affairs for the benefit of others, similar to an agent or trustee. For example, a nominee may serve as a real estate broker, and may be instructed to buy land for instructor. See Cisco v. Van Lew. As another example, a nominee trust is when the beneficiaries of the trust nominate a trustee to act in their interests, but the beneficiaries’ names who nominate the trustee remain undisclosed. See Vittands v. Sudduth.

[Last updated in August of 2020 by the Wex Definitions Team]