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 decennial (audio) \ adverb

Examples of decennial in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While the decennial census is a count of every person in the U.S., the ACS is a sampling. Dan Mcconchie, WSJ, "Illinois Democrats Ignore Obama on Gerrymandering," 23 Apr. 2021 The former president had a mixed record before the nation's highest court — the justices upheld the travel ban, but blocked his rescission of DACA and addition of the citizenship question to the decennial census. Melissa Quinn, CBS News, "Ex-Trump aide Stephen Miller launches legal group to fight Democrats in the courts," 7 Apr. 2021 House Democrats noted that the decennial redistricting process will play out this year based on the 2020 Census and said many Utahns have felt disenfranchised by past efforts that seemed to focus on protecting the Republican political advantage. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Gov. Spencer Cox tells Utahns to be ‘fearless in examining our flaws’," 21 Jan. 2021 As the decennial process of redrawing the state’s congressional and legislative districts approaches, the Commission on Appellate Court Appointments picked through a list of applicants who want to help draw those maps. Andrew Oxford, The Arizona Republic, "How a Supreme Court decision from Ruth Bader Ginsburg shaped Arizona's political landscape," 20 Sep. 2020 That data is much less accurate than the agency’s decennial count, which includes virtually all households and group quarters. oregonlive, "Oregon Supreme Court signals willingness to extend constitutional deadlines to redraw legislative districts, given Census Bureau delays," 31 Mar. 2021 This was the first decennial census in which most respondents were given the opportunity to answer the census questionnaire online, and census takers who visited the homes of those who hadn't responded were able to log answers into their iPhones. Mike Schneider, Star Tribune, "Redistricting data may be ready a month early, in old format," 18 Mar. 2021 Michael Thieme, the assistant director for decennial census programs at the Census Bureau, has expressed confidence in differential privacy. Jeremy Beaman, Washington Examiner, "Alabama sues Census Bureau over new privacy technique and data delay," 10 Mar. 2021 When asked about differential privacy on Tuesday, Michael Thieme, assistant director for decennial census programs at the bureau, was optimistic about the ongoing process. Star Tribune, "Alabama sues to stop redistricting delay, privacy initiative," 10 Mar. 2021

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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 8 May. 2021.

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