birth rate

variants: or birthrate \ˈbərth-​ˌrāt \

Definition of birth rate 

: the ratio between births and individuals in a specified population and time

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Brusuelas sees fewer people entering the labor force, a consequence of lower birth rates and other demographic changes as the vast baby boom generation retires. Josh Boak, The Seattle Times, "As joblessness falls, skilled workers might be hard to find," 23 Oct. 2018 Extreme poverty is concentrating in these countries because their birth rates are higher than in wealthier nations. Gabriele Steinhauser, WSJ, "Extreme Poverty Concentrates in Sub-Saharan Africa," 18 Sep. 2018 For years, Japan has dealt with low birth rates, which exist for a multitude of reasons. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Take Major Step Towards Making Babies From Skin Cells," 21 Sep. 2018 According to 2016 government figures, the birth rate for women 40 and over is at a 50 year high. Stephanie Feuer, Good Housekeeping, "What It's Like Raising My Son As An “Older” Mom," 3 Nov. 2017 By June, though, the birth rate in medical clinics had remained relatively steady, and only a handful of babies have been found left behind. Washington Post, "Silent pain: Rohingya rape survivors’ babies quietly emerge," 5 July 2018 What’s also interesting is the mismatch between the declining birth rate and the economy, which is booming. David Meyer, Fortune, "Baby Booms and Strong Economies Usually Go Hand-in Hand. So Why Did U.S. Fertility Just Hit a Record Low?," 17 May 2018 The teen birth rate dropped 41 percent from 2010 to 2016, Kaiser noted. Stephanie Ebbert,, "In Massachusetts, no one wants to talk about sex ed," 8 May 2018 Germany’s corporate birth rate is the lowest in any large European economy. The Economist, "Germany’s conservative economic model is being put to the test," 12 Apr. 2018

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1856, in the meaning defined above

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birth·​rate | \ˈbər-ˌthrāt \

Medical Definition of birthrate 

: the ratio between births and individuals in a specified population and time often expressed as number of live births per hundred or per thousand population per year

called also natality

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a nest or breeding place

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