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per capita

[per kap-i-tuh] /pər ˈkæp ɪ tə/
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
1675-1685
1675-85; < Latin: literally, by heads
Can be confused
per annum, per capita, per diem.
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British Dictionary definitions for per-capita

per capita

/pə ˈkæpɪtə/
adjective, adverb
1.
of or for each person
Word Origin
Latin, literally: according to heads
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Word Origin and History for per-capita

per capita

Latin, literally "by the head," from per (see per) + capita "head" (see capital).

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per-capita in Culture
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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