enu·​mer·​a·​tion i-ˌn(y)ü-mə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce enumeration (audio)
plural enumerations
: 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
: 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In fact, the idea of the census as a head count may be out of date; it may be more efficient and cost-effective to replace enumeration with statistical sampling.David P. Hamilton

Examples of enumeration in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There's a significant rise of phishing schemes proliferated through generative A.I. tools, and a marked increase in enumeration and ransomware, according to the report. Bysheryl Estrada, Fortune, 12 Sep. 2023 The funding is for demarcating enumeration areas, with the demarcation scheduled to be completed in 2021. Akanni Ibukun Akinyemi, Quartz Africa, 11 Dec. 2020 First, attackers might well look for more powerful and efficient ways of abusing the contact import feature through phone number enumeration attacks. Lily Hay Newman, Wired, 9 Apr. 2021 The bureau then switched to mailing households enumeration forms, and today citizens can fill out the census online, by phone, or by mail. Zoe Sottile, CNN, 3 Apr. 2022 Then as of Oct 16 … the Bureau reported that Louisiana suddenly reached 99 percent enumeration. Washington Post, 13 Nov. 2020 With no clear enumeration of the proposals Mr. Macron presented in Moscow talks with Mr. Putin, French officials had to walk back suggestions that the French leader put ideas on the table like Ukrainian neutrality, or that there were any firm agreements to emerge from the Moscow talks. Laurence Norman, WSJ, 9 Feb. 2022 But a researcher who goes by @ZHacker13 submitted a vulnerability report in August 2019 about a bug in Instagram's contact import feature that could pull user data through a phone number enumeration attack that was even more automated and efficient than the one De Ceukelaire demonstrated in 2017. Lily Hay Newman, Wired, 9 Apr. 2021 The bureau still plans to field a post enumeration survey (PES), in which an elite cadre of enumerators knock on the doors of some 180,000 representative households around the country. Jeffrey Mervis, Science | AAAS, 24 Aug. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1551, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of enumeration was in 1551

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“Enumeration.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enumeration. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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