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gerrymander

noun ger·ry·man·der \ ˈjer-ē-ˌman-dər also ˈger- ; orig ˈger- \

Definition of gerrymander

1 :the act or method of gerrymandering
2 :a district or pattern of districts varying greatly in size or population as a result of gerrymandering
  • three new gerrymanders

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Origin and Etymology of gerrymander

Elbridge Gerry + salamander; from the shape of an election district formed during Gerry's governorship of Massachusetts


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gerrymander

verb

Definition of gerrymander

gerrymandered; gerrymandering \-d(ə-)riŋ\
transitive verb
1 :to divide (a territorial unit) into election districts to give one political party an electoral majority in a large number of districts while concentrating the voting strength of the opposition in as few districts as possible
2 :to divide (an area) into political units to give special advantages to one group
  • gerrymander a school district

Examples of gerrymander in a Sentence

  1. gerrymandering urban districts to give rural voters a majority

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Origin and Etymology of gerrymander


GERRYMANDER Defined for English Language Learners

gerrymander

verb

Definition of gerrymander for English Language Learners

  • : to divide (a state, school district, etc.) into political units that give one group an unfair advantage


Law Dictionary

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gerrymander

noun ger·ry·man·der \ ˈjer-ē-ˌman-dər also and originally ˈger-ē- \

legal Definition of gerrymander

1 :the act or method of gerrymandering
2 :a district or pattern of districts varying greatly in size or population as a result of gerrymandering

Origin and Etymology of gerrymander

Elbridge Gerry (1744–1814) + salamander; from the shape of an election district formed during Gerry's governorship of Massachusetts


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gerrymander

transitive verb

legal Definition of gerrymander

gerrymandered; gerrymandering
1 :to divide (a territorial unit) into election districts to give one political party an electoral majority in a large number of districts while concentrating the voting strength of the opposition in as few districts as possible
2 :to divide (an area) into political units to give special advantages to one group
  • gerrymander a school district


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