the act of .
the determination of the number of members of the U.S. House of Representatives according to the proportion of the population of each state to the total population of the U.S.
the of members of any other legislative body.
Contemporary Examples

Had such an apportionment been in place in 2000, Al Gore would have won the electoral college vote and become president.
Democrats Shocked by Democratic Idea David Frum February 3, 2013

Historical Examples

I wondered if the man Dimpdin would suggest the apportionment of flasks to soldiers, in his Evangelical report!
Campaigns of a Non-Combatant, George Alfred Townsend

(b) Changes in the apportionment of the target among the subdivisions.
Manual of Military Training James A. Moss

But the apportionment of districts was such that the legislature contained a majority for Douglas.
Abraham Lincoln, Vol. I. John T. Morse

See Schuyler i, 286 on the apportionment of water to Samarkand and Bukhr.
The Bbur-nma in English Babur, Emperor of Hindustan

There was also some difficulty over the apportionment of the debt.
The Political History of England – Vol XI George Brodrick

What is the principle of apportionment of the members of each house?
Government in the United States James Wilford Garner

The apportionment bill, as received from the House of Representatives, was taken up.
Abridgment of the Debates of Congress, from 1789 to 1856, Vol. II (of 16) Thomas Hart Benton

There should be no mistake made as to the apportionment of blame.
With the “Die-Hards” in Siberia John Ward

Backed by the second personage, who wore hair on his cheeks, he dictated the apportionment.
The Lone Ranche Captain Mayne Reid

the act of apportioning
(US, government) the proportional distribution of the seats in a legislative body, esp the House of Representatives, on the basis of population

1620s, from apportion + -ment. Perhaps influenced by French apportionnement.

The allocation of seats in a legislature or of taxes according to a plan. In the United States Congress, for example, the apportionment of seats in the House of Representatives is based on the relative population of each state, whereas the apportionment in the Senate is based on equal representation for every state. (See also gerrymander.)


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