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

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The plaintiffs have argued that the administration’s inclusion of the question, which hasn’t been asked on the decennial survey in decades, ignored the Census Bureau’s own research and would lead to a significant undercount. Corinne Ramey, WSJ, "Lawsuit Over Census-Citizenship Question Now in Judge’s Hands," 27 Nov. 2018 The unsigned order Monday overrides lower federal courts in New York that would have allowed the questioning of Ross to proceed in lawsuits challenging the addition of a citizenship question on the decennial census for the first time since 1950. Mark Sherman, The Seattle Times, "Supreme Court: Ross can’t be questioned in census suit," 22 Oct. 2018 Today, gerrymandering is virtually synonymous with Republican gerrymandering, but that’s mainly because the 2010 Tea Party wave election put the GOP in power just as states were engaging in their decennial redistricting process. NBC News, "Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley roots against gerrymander he helped engineer," 30 Mar. 2018 The Census change springs from a somewhat obscure legal debate among some Republicans, who have quietly examined ways to manipulate the decennial survey to effectively gerrymander districts. Tina Nguyen, The Hive, "How Trump Could Turn the 2020 Census Into a Political Weapon," 27 Mar. 2018 The decennial census hasn’t included a question about citizenship since 1950. Washington Post, "Latino leaders question Census head over citizenship query," 23 June 2018 The citizenship question has not been on a decennial census since 1950. New York Times, "Documents Show Political Lobbying in Census Question About Citizenship," 9 June 2018 The decennial census is required by the Constitution and used to determine the number of seats each state has in the House of Representatives, as well as how federal money is distributed to local communities. Larry Neumeister,, "ACLU sues over plans for citizenship question on 2020 census," 6 June 2018 The complex seven-year legal battle focuses on how states use race to redraw their legislative maps after the decennial census. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "The Consequences of the Supreme Court’s Punt on Gerrymandering," 18 June 2018

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First Known Use of decennial

circa 1656, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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