quo·​ta | \ ˈkwō-tə How to pronounce quota (audio) \

Definition of quota

1 : a proportional part or share especially : the share or proportion assigned to each in a division or to each member of a body
2 : the number or amount constituting a proportional share
3 : a fixed number or percentage of minority group members or women needed to meet the requirements of affirmative action

Examples of quota in a Sentence

The agency imposes strict fishing quotas. The company has imposed quotas on hiring. He lost his driver's license because he exceeded the quota of traffic violations. The department set new sales quotas in January.
Recent Examples on the Web CBC/Radio Canada has been given a 30 percent to 35 percent diversity content quota for its program investment over the life of its upcoming broadcast license. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, 14 July 2022 But the two sides have an understanding that Saudi Arabia will ramp up production once a current quota agreement expires in September, just in time for the fall midterm election campaign, according to current and former American officials. New York Times, 13 July 2022 The fishery is one of the best managed in the world, with catch limits set by South Georgia below even the quota recommended by the Antarctic commission. Joshua Goodman, Anchorage Daily News, 22 June 2022 In the short term, gender quota directives will likely increase the number of women sitting on EU corporate boards. Corinne Post, Forbes, 8 June 2022 The programming quota applies to all streamers operating in Europe and is part of the Audiovisual Media Services Directive of the European Commission. Elsa Keslassy, Variety, 7 June 2022 The season quota was recommended by the Department of Natural Resources and unanimously approved by the Natural Resources Board at its May 25 meeting in Madison. Paul A. Smith, Journal Sentinel, 3 June 2022 Independence resident Mary Jane Horton, after seeing the television report, filed a public records request for information regarding the ticket quota. Adam Ferrise, cleveland, 12 May 2022 On the second day of bidding today, the IPO was subscribed by 75%, with the policyholders’ quota being subscribed by 2.25 times and 68% in the retail segment. Mimansa Verma, Quartz, 5 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of quota

1618, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for quota

Medieval Latin, from Latin quota pars how great a part

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quo·​ta | \ ˈkwō-tə How to pronounce quota (audio) \

Kids Definition of quota

1 : a limit on the number or amount of people or things that are allowed a quota on imported goods
2 : a share assigned to each member of a group Each colony received its quota of troops.
3 : a specific amount or number of things that is expected to be achieved She sold her quota of candy bars.


quo·​ta | \ ˈkwō-tə How to pronounce quota (audio) \

Legal Definition of quota

1 : a proportional part or share assigned to each in a body
2 : a specific amount that serves as a minimum or maximum a law against traffic ticket quotas

History and Etymology for quota

Medieval Latin, from Latin quota pars how great a part

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