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capitation


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.

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
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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