quo'ta sys"tem

1. a system, originally determined by legislation in 1921, of limiting by nationality the number of immigrants who may enter the U.S. each year.
2. a policy of limiting the number of minority group members in a business firm, school, etc.
3. any hiring or admissions policy requiring that a specified number or percentage of minority group members be hired or admitted.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.



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