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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Origin and Etymology of numerus clausus

New Latin, literally, closed or restricted number


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