per capita

[per kap-i-tuh] .
noun
1.
by or for each individual person: income per capita.
2.
Law. noting or pertaining to a method of dividing an estate by which all those equally related to the decedent take equal shares individually without regard to the number of lines of descent.
Compare per stirpes.


Origin:
1675–85; < Latin: literally, by heads

per annum, per capita, per diem.
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per capita (pə ˈkæpɪtə)
 
adj, —adv
of or for each person
 
[Latin, literally: according to heads]

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Word Origin & History

per capita
1682, from L., lit. "by the head," from per (see per) + capita "head" (see capital).
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per capita [(puhr kap-i-tuh)]

A Latin phrase literally meaning “by heads,” and translated as “for each person.” It is a common unit for expressing data in statistics. A country's per capita personal income, for example, is the average personal income per person.

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Example sentences
New readers are, per capita, less profitable than the old ones.
It is a fact that the number of scooters per capita is higher.
On a per capita basis, people have been driving less for almost a decade.
Many poorer neighborhoods have fewer supermarkets and more fast-food franchises
  per capita.
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