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proportional representation

noun

Simple Definition of proportional representation

  • : a system in which the number of seats held by members of a political party in a legislature (such as a parliament) is determined by the number of votes its candidates receive in an election

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of proportional representation

  1. :  an electoral system designed to represent in a legislative body each political group or party in proportion to its actual voting strength in the electorate

1870

First Known Use of proportional representation

1870


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