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  1. quo·ta
    IPA[ˈkwōdə]
  2. noun

    • 1. a fixed share of something that a person or group is entitled to receive or is bound to contribute:

      the county is falling short of its quota of blood donations
    • 2. a limited quantity of a particular product which under official controls can be produced, exported, or imported:

      the country may be exceeding its OPEC quota of 1,100,000 barrels of oil per day
    • 3. a fixed minimum or maximum number of a particular group of people allowed to do something, such as immigrants to enter a country, workers to undertake a job, or students to enroll for a course:

      the removal of entry quotas encouraged young people to enter universities they demanded a quota for women on the committee
    • 4. (in a system of proportional representation) the minimum number of votes required to elect a candidate.

    • 5. a person's share of a particular thing, quality, or attribute:

      an Irishman with a double ration of blarney and a treble quota of charm
  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: quota, plural noun: quotas

    • noun

      a fixed share of something that a person or group is entitled to receive or is bound to contribute:

      a limited quantity of a particular product which under official controls can be produced, exported, or imported:

    • noun

      a sample taken from a stratified population by sampling until a pre-assigned quota in each stratum is represented.
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