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sortition

[sawr-tish-uh n]
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noun
  1. the casting or drawing of lots.
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Origin of sortition

1590–1600; < Latin sortītiōn- (stem of sortītiō), equivalent to sortīt(us) (past participle of sortīrī to draw lots, derivative of sors lot, portion; see sort, -ite2) + -iōn- -ion
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sortition

noun
  1. the act of casting lots
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Word Origin

C16: from Latin sortitio, from sortiri to cast lots
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