per capita

adverb or adjective
per cap·​i·​ta | \ (ˌ)pər-ˈka-pə-tə How to pronounce per capita (audio) \

Definition of per capita

1 : per unit of population : by or for each person the highest income per capita of any state in the union
2 : equally to each individual

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Examples of per capita in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In Paraguay, which as of Tuesday had the highest number of Covid-19 deaths per capita of any country during the previous week, social networks often resemble obituary pages. New York Times, 8 July 2021 In Paraguay, which as of Tuesday had the highest number of COVID-19 deaths per capita of any country during the previous week, social networks often resemble obituary pages. BostonGlobe.com, 8 July 2021 As a result, Taiwan’s emissions have been on the rise, now eclipsing Japan on a per capita basis by 24 percent and climbing above 250 million tonnes for the first time in 2016, per IEA Data Services. Jordan Mcgillis, National Review, 15 June 2021 Even in the worst spots — Michigan leads the country in recent deaths per capita — the situation is vastly improved. Sarah Mervosh, Star Tribune, 31 May 2021 Nepal has surpassed India in terms of Covid-19 deaths per capita, and is far ahead of other south Asian countries. Duncan Maru, STAT, 29 May 2021 Brazil is still reporting about 66,000 new Covid-19 cases a day—more than the whole of Europe—and about 80% more than India on a per capita basis. Luciana Magalhaes, WSJ, 27 May 2021 Harm Reduction Ohio, though, provided a list of the ZIP codes that had the most Black overdose deaths per capita from 2018-2020 because of a growing rate of overdose deaths among people who are Black. Terry Demio, The Enquirer, 13 May 2021 South America leads the world in new cases and deaths per capita, and Uruguay leads South America in both. Washington Post, 12 May 2021

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First Known Use of per capita

1682, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for per capita

Medieval Latin, by heads

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The first known use of per capita was in 1682

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18 Jul 2021

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“Per capita.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/per%20capita. Accessed 29 Jul. 2021.

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More Definitions for per capita

per capita

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of per capita

: by or for each person

per capita

adverb or adjective
per cap·​i·​ta | \ pər-ˈka-pə-tə How to pronounce per capita (audio) \

Kids Definition of per capita

: by or for each person What is the per capita income?

per capita

adverb or adjective
per cap·​i·​ta | \ pər-ˈka-pə-tə How to pronounce per capita (audio) \

Legal Definition of per capita

1 : equally to each individual all property to pass to the descendants per capita used of a method of distributing an especially intestate estate — compare per stirpes

Note: Per capita distribution of an estate provides each descendant with an equal share of the estate's assets regardless of the degree of his or her kinship. Children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, etc., all receive equal shares.

2 : per unit of population : by or for each individual a high per capita tax burden

History and Etymology for per capita

Medieval Latin, by heads

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