per capita [per kap-i-tuh] ExamplesWord Originadjective, adverb
- by or for each individual person: income per capita.
- 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.
April 8, 2013
But by 1920, American per-capita GDP exceeded that of the British Isles.
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.
January 15, 2013
Behold the rate of per-capita cost growth in the OECD from 2004-2010.
January 7, 2013
The data reflect deaths by suicide for 2007, ranked by per-capita rate.
The Daily Beast
October 1, 2010
British Dictionary definitions for per capita per capita adjective, adverb
- of or for each person
Word Origin for per capita Latin, literally: according to heads Word Origin and History for per capita
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.