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[proh-rey-tuh, -rah-]
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  1. proportionately determined: a pro-rata share of income.

pro rata

[proh rey-tuh, rah-]
  1. in proportion; according to a certain rate.

Origin of pro rata

First recorded in 1565–75, pro rata is from the Medieval Latin word prō ratā
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Historical Examples

  • Anything beyond that fairly good lapse of continuous labor was paid for as overtime “pro-rata.”

    Our Railroads To-Morrow

    Edward Hungerford

  • She sung her new song to the crowds wherever she went, and then was given a pro-rata of the collections.

  • I would like to have you immortalize yourself by saving your company its pro-rata share of this economic waste.

British Dictionary definitions for pro-rata

pro rata

  1. in proportion

Word Origin

Medieval Latin
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Word Origin and History for pro-rata

pro rata

1570s, from Latin pro rata (parte) "according to the calculated (share)," from pro "for" (see pro-) + rata, ablative singular of ratus, past participle of reri "to count, reckon" (see rate (n.)).

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