ap·​por·​tion·​ment | \ ə-ˈpȯr-shən-mənt How to pronounce apportionment (audio) \

Definition of apportionment

: an act or result of apportioning especially : the apportioning of representatives or taxes among the states according to U.S. law

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Examples of apportionment in a Sentence

the apportionment of the estate will happen this Friday
Recent Examples on the Web Critics contend the schedule was shortened by two weeks so the Trump administration could enforce a presidential order excluding people in the country illegally from the numbers used for apportionment of congressional districts. Mike Schneider, Anchorage Daily News, "US census manager instructed workers to falsify household counts, texts show," 24 Nov. 2020 After the 1920 census, Congress failed either to increase the size of the House or change its apportionment, even though the country’s population had both substantially increased and significantly changed its geographical distribution. Bruce Bartlett, The New Republic, "A Broken Census Can Break Democracy," 19 Oct. 2020 Census data is used to determine a decade’s worth of federal funding, apportionment of House seats and state redistricting. Washington Post, "Appeals court says census count must continue through the end of the month," 7 Oct. 2020 Plaintiffs allege the schedule was shortened to accommodate a directive from President Donald Trump, which tried to exclude people in the country illegally from the count used for congressional apportionment. Mike Schneider, Star Tribune, "Order forces Census to do more visits, rely less on records," 24 Sep. 2020 In other words, count everyone, then subtract two-fifths of slaves and most Native Americans for apportionment. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "The Trump Case That Will Test the Supreme Court’s Newest Originalist," 20 Oct. 2020 Census spokesman Michael Cook said the data for apportionment will be released the same time it is delivered to the president. Tara Bahrampour, Washington Post, "What the Supreme Court’s rulings mean for the 2020 Census and Trump’s attempt to exclude the undocumented from the count," 18 Oct. 2020 Until the 14th Amendment was ratified in the 1860s, enslaved African Americans were counted as three-fifths of a person for the purposes of congressional apportionment. Camilo Montoya-galvez, CBS News, "Supreme Court to review Trump's plan to exclude unauthorized immigrants from count used to award House seats," 17 Oct. 2020 The administration initially sought the Oct. 31 deadline, which represented a three-month delay, but later moved it up to Oct. 5, so that the report on apportionment could be delivered to President Donald Trump by the end of the year. Richard Wolf, USA TODAY, "Supreme Court temporarily allows Trump administration to end census head count," 13 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of apportionment

1579, in the meaning defined above

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“Apportionment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2020.

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