American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The act of apportioning.
- n. The condition of having been apportioned.
- n. The proportional distribution of the number of members of the U.S. House of Representatives on the basis of the population of each state.
- n. Allotment of direct taxes on the basis of state population.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of apportioning; a dividing into portions or shares; a dividing and assigning of a just and equitable portion to each person interested or entitled to participate in any claim, right, property, or charge.
- n. In the United States: The distribution of representation in the federal House of Representatives, and in the houses of the different State legislatures. In the former case a fresh apportionment is made by Congress every ten years, shortly after the completion of the decennial census returns, and in the latter generally after stated enumerations made at different dates in different States, or after the federal census. In the federal apportionment, Congress determines the proportion of representatives to population (one to 173,901 of the total population of the United States under the census of 1890, or 356 in all), and the State legislatures fix the boundaries of the elective districts accordingly.
[The principle of legislative apportionment according to population has been more recently adopted in the other American and most European states, though in some it is not yet very strictly applied.]
- n. The allotment of direct taxes on the basis of population: a Congressional power rarely exercised.
- n. The act of apportioning or the state of being apportioned
- n. US The distribution of members of the House of Representatives according to the population of the various states
- n. US The allocation of direct taxation according to the population of the various states
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The act of apportioning; a dividing into just proportions or shares; a division or shares; a division and assignment, to each proprietor, of his just portion of an undivided right or property.
- n. the act of distributing by allotting or apportioning; distribution according to a plan
“At present the apportionment is as follows: Church extension, 10 per cent; annual conferences, 36 per cent; and the financial”
“Since there are no longer any slaves in the United States, apportionment is achieved if a tax applies to all free persons”
“Since there are no longer any slaves in the United States, apportionment is achieved if a tax applies to all free persons, excluding Indians not taxed.”
“But since the only requirement of apportionment is that a direct tax or capitation can only to three-fifths of a slave, and since we no longer have slaves, it no longer has any effect.”
“Being direct, and therefore to be laid by apportionment, is there any real difficulty in doing so?”
“Reforming Senate apportionment is impossible until the current constitution is scrapped by our Chinese overlords.”
“Consider their most recent exploits in apportionment:”
“I’m not crying for California (despite being a resident) since apportionment is based on a census count that includes illegal immigrants, which significantly boosts California’s share of representation.”
“That's because the provision linking damages to the economic value of a patent, known as apportionment, would be used by large companies to devalue patents and cut damage exposure, he says.”
“Other administrative reporting mechanisms examined by the National Performance Review include several associated with what is known as the apportionment process administered by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).”
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Tip of the hat to Stephen, who always tells me "only one more switchback" as we go up the trail. Usually it is a lie, but it still works!
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