[ kap-i-tey-shuhn ]
/ ˌkæp ɪˈteɪ ʃən /


a numbering or assessing by the head.
a poll tax.
a fee or payment of a uniform amount for each person.

Origin of capitation

First recorded in 1605–15; from French, from Late Latin capitātiōn- (stem of capitātiō ), equivalent to Latin capit- (stem of caput ) “head” + -ātiōn noun suffix; see origin at -ation


cap·i·ta·tive, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for capitation

/ (ˌkæpɪˈteɪʃən) /


a tax levied on the basis of a fixed amount per head
capitation grant a grant of money given to every person who qualifies under certain conditions
the process of assessing or numbering by counting heads

Derived forms of capitation

capitative, adjective

Word Origin for capitation

C17: from Late Latin capitātiō, from Latin caput head
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Medical definitions for capitation

[ kăp′ĭ-tāshən ]


A fixed payment remitted at regular intervals to a medical provider by a managed care organization for an enrolled patient.
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