Etymology
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per capita

1680s, Latin, "by the head, by heads," from per (see per) + capita "head" (see capital).

updated on March 24, 2020

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Definitions of per capita from WordNet
1
per capita (adv.)
per person; for each person; of each person;
we are spending $5,000 per capita annually for education in this district
2
per capita (adj.)
per person;
among the states Connecticut has a high per capita income
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