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quota system

a system, originally determined by legislation in 1921, of limiting by nationality the number of immigrants who may enter the U.S. each year.
a policy of limiting the number of minority group members in a business firm, school, etc.
any hiring or admissions policy requiring that a specified number or percentage of minority group members be hired or admitted.
1920-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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  • By imposing a quota system, they can limit the outflow of beans from producing nations in times of oversupply.
  • Towards the end of his tenure, he abolished the quota system for university places.
  • Accordingly, the quota system serves the vital purpose of reducing the risk of diversion.
  • The quota system regulates how many groups can begin a trip at each entry point each day.
  • Production is tightly controlled through a quota system.
  • The dairy regime is dominated by a quota system that is established at national levels.

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