sortition

noun
sor·ti·tion | \sȯr-ˈti-shən \

Definition of sortition 

: the act or an instance of casting lots

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My book is a plea to enrich the current electoral model of representative democracy with an element of sortition: the use of random samples of everyday citizens who deliberate and make informed policy proposals. New York Times, "Letters to the Editor," 4 May 2018

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First Known Use of sortition

1597, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sortition

Latin sortition-, sortitio, from sortiri to cast or draw lots, from sort-, sors lot

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