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gerrymander

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noun ger·ry·man·der \ˈjer-ē-ˌman-dər, also ˈger-; orig ˈger-\

Definition of gerrymander

  1. 1 :  the act or method of gerrymandering

  2. 2 :  a district or pattern of districts varying greatly in size or population as a result of gerrymandering



Origin of gerrymander

Elbridge Gerry + salamander; from the shape of an election district formed during Gerry's governorship of Massachusetts


First Known Use: 1812


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gerrymander

verb ger·ry·man·der

Simple Definition of gerrymander

  • : to divide (a state, school district, etc.) into political units that give one group an unfair advantage

Full Definition of gerrymander

gerrymanderedgerrymander·ing \-d(ə-)riŋ\

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to divide (a territorial unit) into election districts to give one political party an electoral majority in a large number of districts while concentrating the voting strength of the opposition in as few districts as possible

  3. 2 :  to divide (an area) into political units to give special advantages to one group <gerrymander a school district>

Examples of gerrymander

  1. gerrymandering urban districts to give rural voters a majority



1812

First Known Use of gerrymander

1812



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