census clause

noun
variants: or Census Clause

Definition of census clause

: a clause in Article 1, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution requiring a count of the population in each state every ten years for the purpose of apportioning representatives : enumeration clause

First Known Use of census clause

1879, in the meaning defined above

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“Census clause.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/census%20clause. Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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