[ kap-i-tey-shuh n ]
/ 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

1605–15; (< F) < Late Latin capitātiōn- (stem of capitātiō), equivalent to Latin capit- (stem of caput) head + -ātiōn -ation

Related forms

cap·i·ta·tive, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for capitation

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

capitative, adjective

Word Origin for capitation

C17: from Late Latin capitātiō, from Latin caput head
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