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capitation

[kap-i-tey-shuh n] /ˌkæp ɪˈteɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
a numbering or assessing by the head.
2.
a poll tax.
3.
a fee or payment of a uniform amount for each person.
Origin of capitation
1605-1615
1605-15; (< F) < Late Latin capitātiōn- (stem of capitātiō), equivalent to Latin capit- (stem of caput) head + -ātiōn -ation
Related forms
capitative, adjective
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  • Many doctors are members of groups that get paid a certain amount per patient for large groups, capitation.
British Dictionary definitions for capitation

capitation

/ˌkæpɪˈteɪʃən/
noun
1.
a tax levied on the basis of a fixed amount per head
2.
capitation grant, a grant of money given to every person who qualifies under certain conditions
3.
the process of assessing or numbering by counting heads
Derived Forms
capitative, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Late Latin capitātiō, from Latin caput head
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Word Origin and History for capitation
n.

1610s, "counting of heads," from Late Latin capitationem (nominative capitatio), noun of action from past participle stem of a verb derived from caput "head" (see capitulum). Meaning "levying of a poll tax" is from 1640s.

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