proportional representation

noun

Definition of proportional representation

  1. :  an electoral system designed to represent in a legislative body each political group or party in proportion to its actual voting strength in the electorate

First Known Use of proportional representation

1870


PROPORTIONAL REPRESENTATION Defined for English Language Learners

proportional representation

noun

Definition of proportional representation for English Language Learners

  • : a system in which the number of seats held by members of a political party in a legislature (such as a parliament) is determined by the number of votes its candidates receive in an election


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