per capita

per capita

per capita [per kap-i-tuh] ExamplesWord Origin See more synonyms for per capita on adjective, adverb

  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 of per capita 1675–85; Latin: literally, by headsCan be confusedper annum per capita per diem Related Words for per capita proportionately Examples from the Web for per capita Contemporary Examples of per capita

  • By the early 1980s, the UK’s per-capita GDP was lower than that of Italy.

    Thatcher’s Economic Legacy

    Megan McArdle

    April 8, 2013

  • But by 1920, American per-capita GDP exceeded that of the British Isles.

    American Household Gadget Exceptionalism

    Megan McArdle

    February 7, 2013

  • To be sure, Canada is a rich country, on a per-capita basis, and its population tends to be clustered along the border.

    Is Canada Having a Housing Bubble? And is It Popping?

    Megan McArdle

    January 15, 2013

  • Behold the rate of per-capita cost growth in the OECD from 2004-2010.

    Do We Have a Spending Problem, or a Health Care Problem?

    Megan McArdle

    January 7, 2013

  • The data reflect deaths by suicide for 2007, ranked by per-capita rate.

    The Most Suicidal States

    The Daily Beast

    October 1, 2010

  • British Dictionary definitions for per capita per capita adjective, adverb

    1. of or for each person

    Word Origin for per capita Latin, literally: according to heads Word Origin and History for per capita

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

    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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