Definition of apportionment in English:



  • 1[mass noun] The action or result of apportioning something.

    ‘the apportionment of blame’
    • ‘My Lord, can I then much more briefly deal with two other matters: apportionment of costs and leave to appeal?’
    • ‘Where the buyers succeeded in defeating part of the third party claim, an exercise of apportionment of the adverse consequences between the valid and invalid parts of the claim could be required.’
    • ‘Inevitably we described some mistakes, but it's not an apportionment of blame.’
    • ‘They are concerned to be heard on the question of apportionment of the costs as between your client and them on the basis that the legal aid funding was limited to only that aspect of the appeal where your client was in effect successful.’
    • ‘At the last paragraph on the page he describes the effect of the apportionments, and that is that.’
    • ‘Similarly, the occasional familial dispute about apportionment of death claims will need to be determined by a Commissioner.’
    • ‘The draft arts master plan has not yet gone into funding or the apportionment of costs between the private and public sectors.’
    • ‘The first apportionments were made in respect of shipping cases I think, is that not right?’
    • ‘Once, however, it is appreciated that this fifth paragraph is dealing with claims which are within the limit of indemnity, it must have a general application and cannot be restricted to questions of apportionment of costs.’
    • ‘He should not be required to share his award of costs by apportionment, whether by agreement or by further order of the court.’
    • ‘It seems to me that the focus of attention on this application should be to that; namely, that the Secretary of State will normally be entitled to the whole of his costs and should not be required to share them by apportionment.’
    • ‘Difficulty of assessment or apportionment should not dictate an unjust or inappropriate costs order.’
    • ‘In our submission, with respect, the approach taken by the Court of Appeal in relation to contributory negligence really gives lip service to the principle that apportionments should not readily be set aside.’
    • ‘This process of colonial apportionment effectively destroyed Africa's previously existing ethnically based political institutions.’
    • ‘The apportionment of royalties is determined by a development agreement between these parties, or, in the absence of an agreement, on a basis decided by the national minister for mines or the minister for petroleum.’
    • ‘Yet only 13 percent of last year's refugee apportionments were from this region.’
    • ‘I keep thinking about the apportionment of blame between the innocent defender and the guilty attacker.’
    • ‘It is, in my opinion, a mistake in law to segregate those two forms of liability - that is tort and contract - and arrive at separate and differing apportionments of liability in respect of them.’
    • ‘Of course in the ordinary case there is an agreement in advance as to the apportionment so there never is such an arbitration.’
    • ‘Compared with the prior studies, the present analysis benefits from a more distributed apportionment of demographic and risk variables in defining significant differences in disease frequency.’
    sharing, division, allocation, distribution, allotment, assigning, dispensation
    splitting, carving up, parcelling out, slicing up
    divvying up
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    1. 1.1The determination of the proportional number of members each US state sends to the House of Representatives, based on population figures.
      • ‘Yet these are enumerated in the apportionment of representatives.’
      • ‘The major reason was the potential loss of House seats during apportionment.’
      • ‘What is apportionment, and how is it different from redistricting?’
      • ‘An unfair apportionment limited upcountry representation in the legislature and gave the parishes more power than their population warranted.’
      • ‘In fact we should mention the proportional representation work by him in the 1880s when he considered apportionment of representatives to districts.’
      • ‘The man, who felt the Court had denied the sovereign right of a state to choose its system of representation, was determined to restore state control of apportionment.’
      • ‘As only the former may vote in federal elections, the apportionment of seats in Congress should be done on the basis of the number of citizens in each state.’
      • ‘The first proposed amendment dealt with Congressional apportionment, while the second addressed Congressional compensation.’
      • ‘All of the petitions in question called for the convening of a constitutional convention to propose amendments to deal with apportionment of state legislatures; that would be the limit of a convention's mandate.’
      • ‘Redrawing district boundaries has the potential to affect the balance of power in the House more than apportionment.’
      • ‘The census short form will continue to yield the official count of the U.S. population every 10 years, satisfying the constitutionally mandated task of determining congressional apportionment.’
      • ‘The practical significance of apportionment is that the next election results may differ because of it.’
      • ‘The part of this clause relating to the mode of apportionment of representatives among the several States was changed by the Fourteenth Amendment, and as to taxes on incomes without apportionment, by the Sixteenth Amendment.’
      • ‘The apportionment of representatives among the several states was a subject of great difficulty.’