Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary


  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    Heads, and, figuratively, entire -bodies, whether of persons or animals. Spelman. Persons individually considered, without relation to others, (polls;) as distinguished from stirpes or stocks of descent. The term in this sense, making part of the common phrases, in capita, per capita, is derived from the civil law. Inst. 3, 1, 6.
    —Capita, per. By heads; by the poll; as individuals. In the distribution of an intestate's personalty, the persons legally entitled to take are said to take per capita when they claim, each in his own right, as in equal degree of kindred ; in contradistinction to clniming by right of representation, or per stirpes.