birth rate

noun
variants: or birthrate \ ˈbərth-​ˌrāt How to pronounce birthrate (audio) \

Definition of birth rate

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

Examples of birth rate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Those decisions follow a consistent pattern in US history: During times of economic stress, the birth rate drops. Olivia Goldhill, Quartz, "The pandemic is making women reconsider when and if to have babies," 1 Sep. 2020 The one-child policy was changed to allow two children in 2015 amid a rapidly-shrinking birth rate. Ben Westcott, CNN, "Women in Xinjiang shine a light on a campaign of abuse and control by Beijing," 30 July 2020 In his report, Zenz claimed that as a result of these policies, the natural birth rate in parts of Xinjiang with a large Uyghur population had seen a significant decrease in population growth. Ben Westcott, CNN, "Women in Xinjiang shine a light on a campaign of abuse and control by Beijing," 30 July 2020 Over the last four years, the government has spent hundreds of millions to suppress the birth rate of Uighurs and other Muslims. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Uighur Lives Matter," 30 June 2020 The birth rate in Uighur regions fell 60 percent from 2015 to 2018. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Uighur Lives Matter," 30 June 2020 The Brookings team also found that in 1918, each spike in deaths due to the flu pandemic led an otherwise steady birth rate to fall roughly 21 births per 1,000 -- representing a 12.5% decline. Jacqueline Howard, CNN, "Coronavirus pandemic could lead to up to 500,000 fewer US births, study suggests," 23 June 2020 Preterm birth and low birth rate can also increase a child's risk for future health and developmental problems. Wyatte Grantham-philips, USA TODAY, "Climate change linked to serious pregnancy risks, 'landmark' study finds," 20 June 2020 Although London’s population has continued to grow, over the last decade that has been driven by international migration and the birth rate. The Economist, "Peak capital London may have gone into a covid-accelerated decline," 23 May 2020

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First Known Use of birth rate

1856, in the meaning defined above

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16 Sep 2020

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“Birth rate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/birth%20rate. Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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birthrate

noun
birth·​rate | \ ˈbər-ˌthrāt How to pronounce birthrate (audio) \

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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