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Definition of "allotment" []

  • The act of allotting: initiated the allotment of ration coupons. (noun)
  • Something allotted: had already used up their weekly allotment of flour. (noun)
  • A portion of military pay that is regularly deducted and set aside, as for the payee's dependents or for insurance. (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 "allotment" in a sentence
  • "In their classic book The Allotment, David Crouch and Colin Ward point out that the very term contains a political position: "the word 'allotment' implies deference and allocation, qualities that indicate a relationship between the powerful and the powerless"."
  • "However the official conformation over the land allotment is awaited."
  • "Instead of vouchers, why not a regime in which the school in the Bronx and the one in Beverly Hills each receives an equal per student (adjusted for special needs students) allotment from the federal government?"