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allotment

[uh-lot-muh nt] /əˈlɒt mənt/
noun
1.
the act of allotting.
2.
a portion or thing allotted; a share granted.
3.
(in U.S. military use) the portion of pay that an officer or enlisted person authorizes to be paid directly to another person, as a dependent, or an institution, as an insurance company.
4.
British. a plot of land rented to a gardener.
Origin
1565-1575
1565-75; allot + -ment; compare French allotement
Related forms
misallotment, noun
nonallotment, noun
proallotment, adjective
reallotment, noun
Synonyms
2. measure, lot, ration.
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British Dictionary definitions for pro allotment

allotment

/əˈlɒtmənt/
noun
1.
the act of allotting; apportionment
2.
a portion or amount allotted
3.
(Brit) a small piece of usually public land rented by an individual for cultivation
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Word Origin and History for pro allotment

allotment

n.

1570s, "action of allotting," from Middle French allotement, from Old French aloter (see allot). Or else a native formation from allot + -ment. Meaning "portion assigned to someone or some purpose" is from 1670s.

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