Definition of numerus clausus in English:

numerus clausus

Syllabification: nu·me·rus clau·sus
Pronunciation: /ˈnyo͞omərəs ˈklousəs


  • A fixed maximum number of entrants admissible to an academic institution.
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    • In May 1932, the ‘Erlanger Klinikerschaft’ - an organisation of Erlangen medical students - demanded the introduction of a numerus clausus to exclude ‘Jews, those of Jewish blood and non-German foreigners’.
    • In 1922 a campaign for the restriction of Jewish enrolment in universities (a numerus clausus) erupted across Romania.


Latin, literally 'closed number'.

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