- The definition of a census is an official population count, often including a collection of related information.
- The information collected by the US Census Bureau in 2010 is an example of a census.
- The evaluation of property for tax purposes in ancient Rome is an example of a census.
census definition by Webster's New World
- in ancient Rome, the act of counting the people and evaluating their property for taxation
- an official, usually periodic, count of population and recording of economic status, age, sex, etc.
Origin: Classical Latin origin, originally , past participle of censere, to assess: see censor
census definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- An official, usually periodic enumeration of a population, often including the collection of related demographic information.
- In ancient Rome, a count of the citizens and an evaluation of their property for taxation purposes.
Origin: Latin cēnsus, registration of citizens, from cēnsēre, to assess; see kens- in Indo-European roots.
census - Legal Definition