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From Medieval Latin censitarius, from Latin censere "assess (for tax)". Compare French censitaire, Spanish and Italian censitario.


censitary (not comparable)

  1. (historical) (of an elective franchise, especially in the nineteenth century) dependent on or proportional to a poll tax (cense) or property qualification; restricted
    • 1895 "The Present Condition of Russia" Peter Kropotkin, Littell's Living Age (reprinted from Nineteenth Century) Volume 207, Number 2677 (26 October 1895) p.223, fn:
      The composition of the Provincial and District Assemblies out of representatives of the three orders (peasants, clergy, and nobles), and the censitary provisions taken for keeping the representatives of the peasants in a minority, were, as experience has shown, a useless and vexatious precaution.
    • 1988 "Peasant movements and communal property during the French Revolution" David Hunt, Theory and Society Volume 17, Number 2, p.255:
      By 1791-92, the two camps were moving toward a property-based, or censitary, compromise


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