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1. The act of reapportioning or the state of being reapportioned.
2. Redistribution of representation in a legislative body, especially the periodic reallotment of US congressional seats according to changes in the census figures as required by the Constitution.


the act of changing how much of something different people deserve or should be given; redistribution


(ˌri əˈpɔr ʃən mənt, -ˈpoʊr-)

1. the act of redistributing or changing the apportionment of something.
2. the redistribution of representation in a legislative body.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.reapportionment - a new apportionment (especially a new apportionment of congressional seats in the United States on the basis of census results)
apportioning, apportionment, parceling, parcelling, assignation, allocation, allotment - the act of distributing by allotting or apportioning; distribution according to a plan; "the apportionment of seats in the House of Representatives is based on the relative population of each state"
reshuffle - a redistribution of something; "there was a reshuffle of cabinet officers"
U.S.A., United States, United States of America, US, USA, America, the States, U.S. - North American republic containing 50 states - 48 conterminous states in North America plus Alaska in northwest North America and the Hawaiian Islands in the Pacific Ocean; achieved independence in 1776
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On the election front, recently passed reapportionment and open primary reforms have the potential lo drastically change California's political landscape in 2012.
The result of reapportionment can't be predicted, and the political character of neighborhoods can shift over time.
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Holmes advises higher education leaders--still reeling from a historic economic slide--to prepare for the eventual loss of traditional allies as Census results trigger the reapportionment of political boundaries.
States will then have time to decide how, for purposes of the legislative reapportionment they'll be starting next year, their prisoners should be counted: where the prisons are, or where the prisoners last resided before incarceration.
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