birth rate

noun

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

Examples of birth rate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web However, because the national birth rate declined in 2003 and 2004, those are the years when the name Dylan officially peaked in popularity for boys, ranking No. 19 despite fewer babies being given that name overall. Toketemu Ohwovoriole, Parents, 8 July 2024 For millennials, economic challenges have twice pushed down the birth rate, leading many to delay or reconsider having children: after the 2008 recession and during the Covid-19 pandemic. Charley Locke, Vox, 1 July 2024 What’s happening: If forecasts hold up, 2064 will be the first year in modern history where the global death rate surpasses the birth rate. Nicole Goodkind, CNN, 25 June 2024 In Tokyo, the birth rate was even worse, falling to 0.99 for the first time Wednesday. Seamus Webster, Fortune, 6 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for birth rate 

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Word History

First Known Use

1856, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of birth rate was in 1856

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“Birth rate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/birth%20rate. Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

birthrate

noun
birth·​rate -ˌrāt How to pronounce birthrate (audio)
: the number of births for every hundred or every thousand persons in a given area or group during a given time

Medical Definition

birth rate

noun
variants or 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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