co-optation :

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  • n  the selection of a new member (usually by a vote of the existing membership)
  • n  the act of appointing summarily (with or without the appointee's consent)

  • Noam Gonick in
    ...the police's checkered history with the queer community, including bathhouse and sex club raids, as well as arrests at Pride itself, Gonick says, "I can't think of a more perfect example of co-optation than police presence at Pride."

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