[ burth-reyt ]


  1. the proportion of births to the total population in a place in a given time, usually expressed as a quantity per 1000 of population.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of birthrate1

First recorded in 1855–60; birth + rate 1

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Example Sentences

Public concern about the difficulty of getting—and staying—ahead appear to be contributing to major structural problems, such as a plunging birthrate as parents worry about rising educational and property costs.

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The pandemic isn’t entirely to blame for declining birthrates, but it has magnified systemic problems that make motherhood in particular look like a bad deal.

The story is similar in the northern nations of Europe, where low birthrates and aging populations are out of step with the projected needs of agriculture and other industries.

In the past year, approximately 19,500 immigrants arrived and the country's birthrate came in at 1.8 percent.

So beefier benefits mean that you need more investment to make up for the falling birthrate--and instead get less of it.

So what we have is something good and welcomed by most, a falling birthrate, and no clue as to why.

The decreased birthrate in Taiwan is, along with an increase in infertility, often attributed to marriage delays.

We need not worry therefore lest the race shall die, because of a decreasing birthrate as we see it on the physical plane.

Statistics show a remarkable increase in the Welsh birthrate as compared with previous years.

Wargentin, in Sweden, first called attention to the periodicity of the birthrate in 1767.

During the entire century a decline of the birthrate was noticeable.

The decline of the birthrate then was confined entirely to the legitimate births.