sortition

[ sawr-tish-uh n ]
/ sɔrˈtɪʃ ən /

noun

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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British Dictionary definitions for sortition

sortition
/ (sɔːˈtɪʃən) /

noun

the act of casting lots

Word Origin for sortition

C16: from Latin sortitio, from sortiri to cast lots
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