Definitions for: Allotment

[n] the act of distributing by allotting or apportioning; "the apportionment of seats in the House of Representatives is based on the relative population of each state"
[n] a share set aside for a specific purpose

Webster (1913) Definition: Al*lot"ment, n. [Cf. OF. alotement, F. allotement.]
1. The act of allotting; assignment.

2. That which is allotted; a share, part, or portion granted
or distributed; that which is assigned by lot, or by the
act of God; anything set apart for a special use or to a
distinct party.

The alloments of God and nature. --L'Estrange.

A vineyard and an allotment for olives and herbs.

3. (law) The allowance of a specific amount of scrip or of a
particular thing to a particular person.

Cottage allotment, an allotment of a small portion of land
to a country laborer for garden cultivation. [Eng.]

Synonyms: allocation, allocation, apportioning, apportionment, assignation, parceling, parcelling

See Also: deal, distribution, grant, parcel, part, percentage, portion, portion, quota, rationing, reallocation, reallocation, reallotment, reapportionment, share, share, subsidisation, subsidization

Famous Quotes Containing Allotment:

Toil is man's allotment; toil of brain, or toil of hands, or a grief that's more than either, the grief and sin of idleness.

-- Herman Melville (American Novelist)

Rules are to be initiated for the allotment of scarce raw materials etc; and their use and processing for other than war, or otherwise absolutely vital, goods is prohibited.

-- Hjalmar Schacht (German Economist)

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