Adjective "decennial" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Recurring every ten years.
  1. 'Next year, India will conduct its decennial census, but you don't have to wait until then to access demographic data about the country and its people.'
  2. 'Though the census methods were crude by modern standards, the institution of decennial censuses offered a systematic basis for estimates and one which Rickman helped to refine and improve.'
  3. 'Next to the decennial census, the Consumer Expenditure Survey is perhaps the most important survey conducted by the government to help businesses understand consumer behavior in the marketplace.'
  4. 'In 2001, for the first time, the decennial UK census asked the entire population about caring responsibilities and general self rated health.'
  5. 'The Great Exhibition coincided with the decennial census, which was begun in 1801-in itself a symbol of the desire to measure, to count, and classify which became so characteristic a feature of Victorian society.'
  6. 'On their decennial European vacations, Mr. and Mrs. Fine visit the summer homes of great composers.'
  7. 'The Communion recognizes the leadership of the Archbishop of Canterbury, who presides over the decennial Lambeth Conference, the principal meeting of Anglican bishops.'
  8. 'We know that the decennial Lambeth Conference, which takes its name from the Archbishop of Canterbury's London residence, can no longer fit in the palace and so meets at the University of Kent.'
  9. 'The decennial population census originated in the 1787 federal Constitution as a mechanism for determining each state's political representation in the House of Representatives and electoral college.'
  10. 'He said the results from the decennial census will be crucial in Telecom's strategic planning and provision of telecommunications services and infrastructure.'
  11. 'decennial insurance'
  12. 'Overall, the 2000 census revealed a decennial increase of almost 4.6 million Hispanics in the South, bringing the total Hispanic population of twelve southern states to a little over 11 million.'


1. of or for ten years.

2. occurring every ten years. noun

3. a decennial anniversary.

4. its celebration.

More examples(as adjective)

"censuses can be decennial."


Mid 17th century: from Latin decennium ‘a decade’, from decennis ‘of ten years’ (from decem ‘ten’ + annus ‘year’), + -al.