- the share or proportional part of a total that is required from, or is due or belongs to, a particular district, state, person, group, etc.
- a proportional part or share of a fixed total amount or quantity.
- the number or percentage of persons of a specified kind permitted to enroll in a college, join a club, immigrate to a country, etc.
Origin of quota
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Examples from the Web for quota
Starting in the 1970s, then MPAA president Jack Valenti began what was to become a decades-long fight against the quota system.
I am fighting that quota because I am an advocate of competition.
However, just a few years later, the decision swung back around with the quota being raised to 121 days.
Fugelsang quipped: “Comics are bitter misogynist self-loathing drunks, and Congress already has already hit their quota of those.”Bill Maher for Congress?
March 28, 2014
In July, parliament lowered its quota for female lawmakers on provincial councils from 25 percent to 20 percent.Legalized Spousal Abuse Is Coming to Afghanistan
February 13, 2014
To this general excitement the strange case of Mr. Le Moyne had added its quota.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
In the Fourth ward, where he lives, there never was a man drafted to fill its quota.Cleveland Past and Present
And to get that blood every Apexan must yield his quota in the temple.The Heads of Apex
He suddenly realized that he had exceeded his quota of questions, and that he could get into trouble.The Players
Everett B. Cole
Every wood and field has its quota, and no place so barren but it has some bird to visit it.The Wit of a Duck and Other Papers
- the proportional share or part of a whole that is due from, due to, or allocated to a person or group
- a prescribed number or quantity, as of items to be manufactured, imported, or exported, immigrants admitted to a country, or students admitted to a college
Word Origin and History for quota
1660s, from Medieval Latin quota, from Latin quota pars "how large a part," from quota, fem. singular of quotus "which, what number (in sequence);" see quote (v.). Earliest reference is to contributions of soldiers or supplies levied from a town or district; immigration sense is from 1921.