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per capita

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adverb or adjective per cap·i·ta \(ˌ)pər-ˈka-pə-tə\

Simple Definition of per capita

  • : by or for each person

Full Definition of per capita

  1. 1 :  equally to each individual

  2. 2 :  per unit of population :  by or for each person <the highest income per capita of any state in the union>

Origin of per capita

Medieval Latin, by heads


First Known Use: 1682


PER CAPITA Defined for Kids

per capita

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adverb or adjective per cap·i·ta \pər-ˈka-pə-tə\

Definition of per capita

  1. :  by or for each person <What is the per capita income?>





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