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Value, measure, or degree; a charge, payment, or price determined through the application of a mathematical formula or based upon a scale or standard.

For example, an interest rate is determined by the ratio between the principal and interest.

Rate is also used synonymously with tax.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

RATE. A public valuation or assessment of every man's estate; or the ascertaining how much tax every one shall pay. Vide Pow. Mortg. Index, h.t.; Harr. Dig. h.t.; 1 Hopk. C. R. 87.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Figure 2 presents the national time-series data by race for fetal death rates, low birth weight babies, weapons arrests, and the fraction of children in foster care.
Using Gender Ratios to Measure the Effect of Pollution on Fetal Death Rates
Similarly, Mexican and black mothers experienced higher fetal death rates (5-7 per 1,000 births) than did white mothers (four per 1,000).
(40.) See 1995 ACOG BULL., supra note 8, at 3 (reporting that seven trials compared EFM to intermittent auscultation and found no difference in fetal death rates during birth).
A follow-up study failed to find significant changes in sex ratio of offspring or fetal death rates in this small sample population (Schnorr et al.