re·​ap·​por·​tion·​ment | \ ˌrē-ə-ˈpȯr-shən-mənt How to pronounce reapportionment (audio) \
plural reapportionments

Definition of reapportionment

: 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

First Known Use of reapportionment

1788, in the meaning defined above

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“Reapportionment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2022.

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