(of an elective franchise, especially in the nineteenth century) dependent on or proportional to a poll tax (cense) or property qualification; restricted

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.

See Also: cense, censor, census

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