ap·​por·​tion·​ment ə-ˈpȯr-shən-mənt How to pronounce apportionment (audio)
: 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 That apportionment evolved over the years and is based solely on ability. Irv Erdos, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 July 2023 Additionally, any current apportionments and fees owed to the UMC and a year's worth of additional apportionments must be paid. Caleb Wiegandt, The Courier-Journal, 7 June 2023 Churches must also pay two years of apportionments to the UMC as well as any unfunded pension liabilities in order to disaffiliate under Paragraph 2553. Isabella Volmert, Dallas News, 7 Mar. 2023 Decennial census data is used to define the apportionment of House seats and how to allocate $1.5 trillion a year to the states in federal funding across 316 federal programs, a list that includes, among many, Medicaid and highway construction grants. Davide Mamone, Washington Examiner, 3 May 2021 The lower-than-expected apportionment comes after months of concern that the Trump administration’s early census deadlines, thwarted attempts to add a citizenship question and the COVID-19 pandemic might have caused a major undercount of Florida’s population. Adelaide Chen,, 26 Apr. 2021 Southern electoral votes were limited by counting slaves as three-fifths of a man for purposes of apportionment—an unjust arrangement that nonetheless was better for Southern interests than not counting them at all, which would in effect be the case under a popular vote system. Bruce Bartlett, The New Republic, 12 Nov. 2020 Conducted every 10 years, the count determines the apportionment of congressional seats and the distribution of billions of dollars in federal spending among the states. Sam Roberts,, 27 May 2023 The update will not, however, retroactively change the 2020 count or affect congressional redistricting and how many U.S. House representatives Arizona received in the apportionment process, according to the Census website. Taylor Seely, The Arizona Republic, 26 May 2023 See More

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Word History


borrowed from Anglo-French aporcionement, from aporcioner "to apportion" + -ment -ment

First Known Use

1579, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of apportionment was in 1579

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“Apportionment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2023.

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