re·​ap·​por·​tion·​ment ˌrē-ə-ˈpȯr-shən-mənt How to pronounce reapportionment (audio)
plural reapportionments
: an act or result of reapportioning something : the process or result of making a new proportionate division or distribution of something
especially, US law : the reassignment of representatives proportionally among the states in accordance with changes in population distribution
As one might expect, the legislative majority did not care to realign districts to represent the current distribution of the population, because reapportionment would endanger some of their seats. Robert H. Bork
During the Warren Court period the federal courts revolutionized criminal procedure law, created modern antidiscrimination law, recaptured the First Amendment from the shambles of McCarthyism, and restructured American politics through reapportionment. Elizabeth Mensch
Bipartisan gerrymandering following the 2000 reapportionment produced hundreds of safe Democratic seats, hundreds of safe Republican seats, and not much else. Peter Beinart

Examples of reapportionment in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That should be good news for Republicans the next time there is a reapportionment. Dan McLaughlin, National Review, 22 Dec. 2023 However, this could change following the 2030 census and congressional reapportionment. Mike Pappano, ABC News, 7 Nov. 2023 If the 2024 election plays out this way—adjusting for reapportionment but otherwise assuming other states stay the same—Mr. Trump would flip the White House, winning 302 electoral votes to Mr. Biden’s 236. Karl Rove, WSJ, 8 Nov. 2023 The two lawmakers ran for the same seat after the Mountain State lost a House seat in reapportionment. Bridget Bowman, NBC News, 19 Oct. 2023 The latest California population estimates show heavy shifts in House seats in the Democratic state, which is on pace to lose as many as five congressional districts in the 2030 reapportionment cycle if current trends persist. Eden Villalovas, Washington Examiner, 19 Sep. 2023 The legislature worked … The plaintiffs in this case deposed the co-chairs of the Legislature’s joint reapportionment committee. Kyle Whitmire |, al, 7 Sep. 2023 The state lost a congressional seat during the once-in-a-decade congressional reapportionment, and both Republican incumbents were drawn into the same district. Paul Steinhauser, Fox News, 4 May 2022 During Monday’s hearing, lawyers for the plaintiffs played portions of video depositions from the two Republican lawmakers who co-chaired the Legislature’s reapportionment committee. Mike Cason |, al, 19 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1788, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of reapportionment was in 1788

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“Reapportionment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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