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

Other Words from decennial

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

Examples of decennial in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The decennial census counted 639,111 Detroit residents in 2020 down 10.5% from 2010 — the seventh straight decade of population losses for Michigan's largest city. Kristi Tanner, Detroit Free Press, 26 July 2022 In its 2019 ruling on the citizenship question, in Department of Commerce v. New York, the court ruled that there was no constitutional barrier to asking about citizenship during the decennial census. Matt Ford, The New Republic, 21 July 2022 By transcribing the previously untranscribed Table XXVII from the 1870 decennial census, a state-level glimpse into the historic job market can be seen. al, 11 July 2022 The redistricting process, which began last year, was required under state legislation passed in 2019 that directs Baltimore Police to reevaluate district boundaries after each decennial census. Emily Opilo, Baltimore Sun, 7 July 2022 That’s the number of states that the Census says had a significant population miscount during the decennial count, the Census Bureau said Thursday. Ben Kamisar, NBC News, 20 May 2022 With the recent decennial census, all 18 County Board seats are up for election in November. Bob Goldsborough, Chicago Tribune, 21 June 2022 The Brookings Institution said the decennial census data revealed a continuation of the southward migration that has been underway for the past half-century. NBC News, 8 July 2021 The federal government undercounted about 1.92 percent of the Texas population in the 2020 decennial census, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Libby Seline, San Antonio Express-News, 19 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of decennial

circa 1656, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Decennial.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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