One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The ratio of the number of births to the size of the population; birth rate.‘in spite of falling natality, the population as a whole went up’
- ‘Lower birth rate and greater parental attention to individual children helped advance the lower death rate - which in turn encouraged further reductions in natality.’
- ‘Following this approach, we can define four basic processes: natality, mortality, immigration, and emigration, each modeled by a separate model fragment.’
- ‘The prospect of yet more exploitative taxes to support reproducer indulgence means that a questioning of the bio-political privileging of natality is long overdue.’
- ‘There are also mounting indications that the skewed child male/female ratio is a consequence of increasing gender differences in natality, i.e. sex-selective abortion.’
- ‘He notes that the Japanese government during the 1980s was using measures to encourage natality.’
Late 19th century: from French natalité, from nat- ‘born’, from the verb nasci.
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