Per Capita Definition

pər kăpĭ-tə
For each person.
Webster's New World
Per unit of population; per person.
In that year, Americans earned $15,304 per capita. Among the states, Connecticut has a high per capita income.
American Heritage
Equally to each individual.
American Heritage
By or through the head. According to the head count, or number of individuals; that is, divided equally among everyone involved.
Webster's New World Law
Equally among all individuals.
  • of each person
  • for each person

Origin of Per Capita

  • Medieval Latin by heads Latin per per Latin capita accusative pl. of caput head

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin

    From Wiktionary

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