per capita

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adverb or adjective per cap·i·ta \(ˌ)pər-ˈka-pə-tə\

Definition of per capita

  1. 1 :  equally to each individual

  2. 2 :  per unit of population :  by or for each person the highest income per capita of any state in the union

Origin and Etymology of per capita

Medieval Latin, by heads


PER CAPITA Defined for English Language Learners

per capita

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adverb

Definition of per capita for English Language Learners

  • : by or for each person


PER CAPITA Defined for Kids

per capita

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adverb or adjective per cap·i·ta \pər-ˈka-pə-tə\

Definition of per capita for Students

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


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per capita

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adverb or adjective per cap·i·ta \pər-ˈka-pə-tə\

Legal Definition of per capita

  1. 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 Editor's 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. 2 :  per unit of population :  by or for each individual a high per capita tax burden

Origin and Etymology of per capita

Medieval Latin, by heads



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