- 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.
Origin of per capita
1675–85; < Latin: literally, by heads
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Examples from the Web for per capita
By the early 1980s, the UK's per-capita GDP was lower than that of Italy.Thatcher's Economic Legacy
April 8, 2013
But by 1920, American per-capita GDP exceeded that of the British Isles.American Household Gadget Exceptionalism
February 7, 2013
To be sure, Canada is a rich country, on a per-capita basis, and its population tends to be clustered along the border.Is Canada Having a Housing Bubble? And is It Popping?
January 15, 2013
Behold the rate of per-capita cost growth in the OECD from 2004-2010.Do We Have a Spending Problem, or a Health Care Problem?
January 7, 2013
The data reflect deaths by suicide for 2007, ranked by per-capita rate.The Most Suicidal States
The Daily Beast
October 1, 2010
- of or for each person
Latin, literally: according to heads
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Word Origin and History for per capita
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