birth rate

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

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The job of a handmaid is to bear children, as the birth rate has been steadily declining. Kathleen Joyce, Fox News, "Sexy 'maiden costume' yanked from website after backlash from 'Handmaid's Tale' fans," 21 Sep. 2018 In the six years between Mubarak’s forced departure during the Arab Spring and el-Sissi's current initiative, family planning projects were not well funded, and the birth rate started rising. Jacob Wirtschafter And Mina Nader, USA TODAY, "Egypt pushes population control: 'Two is Enough'," 5 July 2018 The researchers found that birth rates decreased among all gestational age groups except one: the 39- to 40-week group. Mark Lieber, CNN, "US stillbirths and newborn deaths down 11.5%, study says," 14 May 2018 Although birth rates have plunged, two-thirds of Bangladeshis are under the age of 35. The Economist, "Protests in Bangladesh put an end to a corrupt quota system," 21 Apr. 2018 In a state with a relative low birth rate and a poor record of attracting workers from other states, more immigrant labor is one solution. Milwaukee, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Want to restrict immigration? Think again.," 30 Apr. 2018 Many analysts, however, say those numbers in part reflect the higher birth rates among Muslims. Rishi Lekhi, Fox News, "In northeast India, the politics of citizenship flares anew," 10 Aug. 2018 Lower birth rates and a stronger economy in Mexico mean such trends are likely to continue, rendering the future of Spanish in the United States uncertain. The Economist, "Can Spanish avoid America’s language graveyard?," 28 Mar. 2018 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

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1856, in the meaning defined above

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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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