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

Examples of apportionment in a Sentence

the apportionment of the estate will happen this Friday
Recent Examples on the Web The basin is in a long-term drought, and for the foreseeable future California will be lucky to get its full statutory apportionment of river water. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 6 Dec. 2021 The chances of a decision by Wednesday have appeared slim for weeks, with Black and Latino aldermen at loggerheads over the final apportionment of wards between the two caucuses. Gregory Pratt,, 1 Dec. 2021 Biden issued an executive order on his first day in office requiring non-citizens to be included in the Census and apportionment of congressional representatives. Shawna Mizelle, CNN, 4 Nov. 2021 The census is vital for the funding of schools, roads, health care, not to mention the fair apportionment of congressional seats. Jeremy Miller, Harper's Magazine, 26 Oct. 2021 The census determines the apportionment of federal spending through social welfare programs such as Medicaid, the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program and the Children's Health Insurance Program. Matthew Brown, USA TODAY, 12 Aug. 2021 The agreement does not set a final deadline for the reporting of apportionment or redistricting numbers. Washington Post, 16 Jan. 2021 But Republicans should look out for Republicans when drawing the lines for apportionment. Scott Wartman, The Enquirer, 25 Aug. 2021 The effect of the 2020 Census on congressional apportionment resulted in a shift of seven seats among 13 states, Census officials said during a press conference to announce the results., 26 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of apportionment

1579, in the meaning defined above

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13 Dec 2021

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“Apportionment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2022.

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