AskDefine | Define allotment

Dictionary Definition



1 a share set aside for a specific purpose [syn: allocation]
2 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" [syn: apportionment, apportioning, allocation, parceling, parcelling, assignation]

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Cf. OF. alotement, French allotement.


IPA: WEAE /ʌˈlot.mɛnt/


  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.
  3. The allowance of a specific amount of scrip or of a particular thing to a particular person.
  1. A plot of land rented from the council for growing fruit and vegetables.


Extensive Definition

Allotment may refer to:
  • Allotment (gardening), in the United Kingdom, a small area of land, let out at a nominal yearly rent by local government or independent allotment associations, for individuals to grow their own food
  • Allotment (financial), a method of distributing securities to investors when an issue has been oversubscribed.
  • Sortition, also known as allotment, is a method of selection by some form of lottery such as drawing coloured pebbles from a bag.
    • In Athenian democracy, allotment was the principle form of democratic choice with most magistrates and their large juries chosen this way; the Athenians considered allotment to be more democratic than elections.
  • Dawes General Allotment Act, a United States legislation of 1887 authorizing the President to survey Native American land and divide the arable area into allotments for the individual Native American.
  • Soil Conservation and Domestic Allotment Act, United States legislation of 1935 allowing the government to pay farmers to reduce production
  • The Allotment, a 1988 book by Colin Ward
  • A neighbourhood in a suburban area.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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