Definition of sortition in English:


Line breaks: sor|ti¦tion
Pronunciation: /sɔːˈtɪʃ(ə)n


[mass noun]
  • The action of selecting or determining something by the casting or drawing of lots.
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    • Using sortition to fill a single-person office could easily lead to choosing a person unsuited for the job.
    • The idea of sortition derives from the same root as the idea of discretionary rights.
    • To endorse sortition as a means of representing the people does not require believing that the people are perfect.


late 16th century: from Latin sortitio(n-), from sortire 'divide or obtain by lot'.

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