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.

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Origin and Etymology of sortition

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


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