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per capita

[per kap-i-tuh]
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adjective, adverb
  1. by or for each individual person: income per capita.
  2. 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
Can be confusedper annum per capita per diem
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per capita

adjective, adverb
  1. of or for each person
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Word Origin for per capita

Latin, literally: according to heads
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Word Origin and History for per capita

Latin, literally "by the head," from per (see per) + capita "head" (see capital).

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per capita in Culture

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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