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Per capita | Definition of Per capita at Dictionary.com

per capita

[ per kap-i-tuh ] / pər ˈkæp ɪ tə / SEE SYNONYMS FOR per capita ON THESAURUS.COM

adjective, adverb

by or for each individual person: income per capita. Law. noting or pertaining to a method of dividing an estate by which all those equally related to the decedent take equal shares individually without regard to the number of lines of descent.Compare per stirpes.

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Origin of per capita

1675–85; < Latin: literally, by heads

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH per capita

per annum per capita per diem

Words nearby per capita

per, per an., per annum, per anum, per ardua ad astra, per capita, per cent, per centum, per contiguum, per continuum, per contra Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Words related to per capita

proportionately

Example sentences from the Web for per capita

British Dictionary definitions for per capita

per capita / (pə ˈkæpɪtə) /

adjective, adverb

of or for each person

Word Origin for per capita

Latin, literally: according to heads
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Cultural definitions for per capita

per capita [ (puhr kap-i-tuh) ]

A Latin phrase literally meaning “by heads,” and translated as “for each person.” It is a common unit for expressing data in statistics. A country's per capita personal income, for example, is the average personal income per person.

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