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A.Word.A.Day--capitation

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This week's theme: words related to death and taxes.

capitation (kap-i-TAY-shuhn) noun

1. A counting of heads.

2. A uniform tax assessed by the head; a poll tax.

3. A fee extracted from each student.

[From Late Latin capitation- (poll tax), from caput (head). Ultimately from Indo-European root kaput- (head), also the origin of head, captain, chef, chapter, cadet, cattle, chattel, achieve, biceps, and mischief, (but not of kaput).]

See more usage examples of capitation in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

-Anu Garg (garg AT wordsmith.org)

"Later, [the] Supreme Court appointed a committee under Justice Jahagirdar to ensure that the private medical colleges charge no undue capitation fees." HC Gives Reprieve to Medical Students; Afternoon Despatch & Courier (Mumbai, India); Mar 7, 2006.

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There is also an artificial aristocracy founded on wealth and birth, without either virtue or talents... The artificial aristocracy is a mischievous ingredient in government, and provisions should be made to prevent its ascendancy. -Thomas Jefferson, third US president, architect and author (1743-1826)

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