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census Syllabification: cen·sus
Pronunciation: /ˈsensəs/

Definition of census in English:

noun (plural censuses)

An official count or survey of a population, typically recording various details of individuals: population estimates extrapolated from the 1981 census [as modifier]: census data
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  • A local census of population, resource audit and needs analysis will also be compiled.
  • The traditional way of doing this has been to use death rates or self reported measures of chronic illness derived from censuses or surveys of the population.
  • The differences can be accounted for by the fact that these are samples, and not censuses of the population.


Early 17th century (denoting a poll tax): from Latin, applied to the registration of citizens and property in ancient Rome, usually for taxation, from censere 'assess'. The current sense dates from the mid 18th century.

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