de·​cen·​ni·​al | \ di-ˈse-nē-əl How to pronounce decennial (audio) \

Definition of decennial

1 : consisting of or lasting for 10 years
2 : occurring or being done every 10 years the decennial census

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Other Words from decennial

decennial noun
decennially \ di-​ˈse-​nē-​ə-​lē How to pronounce decennially (audio) \ adverb

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But the Constitution assigns the responsibility for overseeing a decennial census to Congress, not the president. Michael Wines, New York Times, "Trump Considering an Executive Order to Allow Citizenship Question on Census," 5 July 2019 The stakes were high: population data from the decennial census direct the flow of billions of federal dollars and set the number of congressional representatives allocated to each state. The Economist, "The Supreme Court wraps up its term, inching to the right," 4 July 2019 The Supreme Court ruled last week that the controversial question that has so far dominated the entire conversation around the decennial census may not be asked of every U.S. household next year. Obed Manuel, Dallas News, "The citizenship question won’t be on the 2020 census. Here's what that means for Dallas and Texas," 2 July 2019 One decision failed to stop the drive toward increasingly partisan gerrymanders, and the other temporarily blocked the Trump Administration’s attempt to leverage the decennial United States Census for partisan advantage. Adam Eichen, The New Republic, "Restoring Democracy is Not Open to Debate," 2 July 2019 The whole country hasn’t been asked about citizenship on the decennial survey since 1950, but the government in recent years has asked a smaller sample of U.S. residents about their status. Jess Bravin, WSJ, "Supreme Court Blocks Citizenship Question From 2020 Census for Now," 27 June 2019 Aurora has gained about 40,000 residents in each of the past two decennial censuses. Steve Lord, Aurora Beacon-News, "Aurora establishes Complete Count Committee to get accurate census number," 17 June 2019 The trial is to prepare for the next decennial census in March 2020. Youyou Zhou, Quartz Africa, "Ghana is betting on a digital census in 2020 to transform its informal economy," 18 June 2019 The decennial census was first started in 1790, as mandated by the U.S. Constitution. Kristi Nix, Houston Chronicle, "Sugar Land officials accepting applications for Census Complete Count Committee," 17 June 2019

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First Known Use of decennial

circa 1656, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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