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Definition of "apportionment" []

  • The act of apportioning. (noun)
  • The condition of having been apportioned. (noun)
  • The proportional distribution of the number of members of the U.S. House of Representatives on the basis of the population of each state. (noun)
  • Allotment of direct taxes on the basis of state population. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "apportionment" in a sentence
  • "At present the apportionment is as follows: Church extension, 10 per cent; annual conferences, 36 per cent; and the financial"
  • "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."
  • "Since there are no longer any slaves in the United States, apportionment is achieved if a tax applies to all free persons"