[ sen-suh s ]
/ ˈsɛn səs /
noun, plural cen·sus·es.
an official enumeration of the population, with details as to age, sex, occupation, etc.
(in ancient Rome) the registration of citizens and their property, for purposes of taxation.
verb (used with object)
to take a census of (a country, city, etc.): The entire nation is censused every 10 years.
Origin of census
1605–15; < Latin: a listing and property assessment of citizens, equivalent to cēns(ēre) to assess, register (citizens) in a census + -tus suffix of v. action; for -s- in place of -st- see censor
Related formscen·su·al [sen-shoo-uh l] /ˈsɛn ʃu əl/, adjectivepre·cen·sus, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for censual
/ (ˈsɛnsəs) /
noun plural -suses
an official periodic count of a population including such information as sex, age, occupation, etc
any offical counta traffic census
(in ancient Rome) a registration of the population and a property evaluation for purposes of taxation
Derived Formscensual, adjective
Word Origin for census
C17: from Latin, from cēnsēre to assess
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