numerus clausus

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin numerus (number) clausus (reserved)

Noun[edit]

numerus clausus (plural numeri clausi)

  1. Limitation on the number of students allowed to enter university based on examination performance, ethnicity or gender.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Mostly limited to academic usage in the US, usually referring to European practices. In the US, such limitations are called quotas.

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