numerus clausus

noun
nu·​me·​rus clau·​sus | \ ¦nüməˌru̇ˈsklau̇ˌsu̇s \

Definition of numerus clausus

: a quantity fixed as the maximal number or percentage (as of applicants of a particular race or class) admissible to an academic institution

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History and Etymology for numerus clausus

New Latin, literally, closed or restricted number

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“Numerus clausus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/numerus%20clausus. Accessed 6 Jun. 2020.

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