enu·​mer·​a·​tion | \ i-ˌn(y)ü-mə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce enumeration (audio) \
plural enumerations

Definition of enumeration

1 : the act or process of making or stating a list of things one after another the rebel leader's effective enumeration of popular grievances also : the list itself The restaurant creates an astonishing range of preserved products … Here's a partial enumeration from Rodgers … : anchovies; jams; pickled cherries; brandied grapes… — Thomas McNamee
2 : the act or process of counting something or a count made of something In fact, the idea of the census as a head count may be out of date; it may be more efficient and cost-effective to replace enumeration with statistical sampling.— David P. Hamilton

First Known Use of enumeration

1551, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Enumeration.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enumeration. Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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