One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A fixed maximum number of entrants admissible to an academic institution.
- ‘In May 1932, the ‘Erlanger Klinikerschaft’ - an organisation of Erlangen medical students - demanded the introduction of a numerus clausus to exclude ‘Jews, those of Jewish blood and non-German foreigners’.’
- ‘In 1922 a campaign for the restriction of Jewish enrolment in universities (a numerus clausus) erupted across Romania.’
Latin, literally ‘closed number’.
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