Definition of per capita in English:

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per capita

Pronunciation: /pəː ˈkapɪtə/
(also per caput /ˈkapʊt/)

adverb& adjective

For each person; in relation to people taken individually: [as adverb]: the state had fewer banks per capita than elsewhere lower than average per capita spending


Late 17th century: Latin, literally 'by heads'.

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