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per capita

[ per -kap-i-tuh ]
/ pər ˈkæp ɪ tə /
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adjective, adverb

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.

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Origin of per capita

1675–85; <Latin: literally, by heads

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH per capita

per annum, per capita , per diem
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British Dictionary definitions for per capita

per capita
/ (pə ˈkæpɪtə) /

adjective, adverb

of or for each person

Word Origin for per capita

Latin, literally: according to heads
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Cultural definitions for per capita

per capita
[ (puhr kap-i-tuh) ]

A Latin phrase literally meaning “by heads,” and translated as “for each person.” It is a common unit for expressing data in statistics. A country's per capita personal income, for example, is the average personal income per person.

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