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quota

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noun quo·ta \ˈkwō-tə\

Simple Definition of quota

  • : an official limit on the number or amount of people or things that are allowed

  • : a specific amount or number that is expected to be achieved

Full Definition of quota

  1. 1 :  a proportional part or share; especially :  the share or proportion assigned to each in a division or to each member of a body

  2. 2 :  the number or amount constituting a proportional share

  3. 3 :  a fixed number or percentage of minority group members or women needed to meet the requirements of affirmative action

Examples of quota

  1. The agency imposes strict fishing quotas.

  2. The company has imposed quotas on hiring.

  3. He lost his driver's license because he exceeded the quota of traffic violations.

  4. The department set new sales quotas in January.



Origin of quota

Medieval Latin, from Latin quota pars how great a part


First Known Use: 1618

Rhymes with quota


QUOTA Defined for Kids

quota

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noun quo·ta \ˈkwō-tə\

Definition of quota

  1. 1 :  a limit on the number or amount of people or things that are allowed <a quota on imported goods>

  2. 2 :  a share assigned to each member of a group <Each colony received its quota of troops.>

  3. 3 :  a specific amount or number of things that is expected to be achieved <She sold her quota of candy bars.>





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