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quota /ˈkwəʊtə/ n
  1. the proportional share or part of a whole that is due from, due to, or allocated to a person or group
  2. a prescribed number or quantity, as of items to be manufactured, imported, or exported, immigrants admitted to a country, or students admitted to a college
Etymology: 17th Century: from Latin quota pars how big a share?, from quotus of what number



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