Definition of capitation noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌkæpɪˈteɪʃn//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌkæpɪˈteɪʃn//
[countable, uncountable] (specialist)
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a tax or payment of an equal amount for each person; the system of payments of this kind a capitation allowance for books and equipment a capitation fee for each pupil Word Originearly 17th cent. (denoting the counting of heads): from late Latin capitatio ‘poll tax’, from caput ‘head’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: capitation