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1) n. from Latin for caput, meaning "head," the basic assets of a business (particularly corporations or partnerships) or of an individual, including actual funds, equipment and property as distinguished from stock in trade, inventory, payroll, maintenance and services. 2) adj. related to the basic assets or activities of a business or individual, such as capital account, capital assets, capital expenditure, and capital gain or loss. 3) n. an amount of money a person owns, as in "how much capital do you have to put into this investment?" as distinguished from the amount which must be financed. (See: capital account, capital assets, capital gains or losses, stock in trade)

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CAPITAL, political economy, commerce. In political economy, it is that portion of the produce of a country, which may be made directly available either to support the human species or to the facilitating of production.
     2. In commerce, as applied to individuals, it is those objects, whether consisting of money or other property, which a merchant, trader, or other person adventures in an undertaking, or which he contributes to the common stock of a partnership. 2 Bouv. Inst. n. 1458.
     3. It signifies money put out at interest.
     4. The fund of a trading company or corporation is also called capital, but in this sense the word stock is generally added to it; thus we say the capital stock of the Bank of North America.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Rather like the firm of accountants formerly known as Price Waterhouse and Coopers & Lybrand who have now re-branded themselves PricewaterhouseCoopers (one word, two capital letters but none on the second of the three proper names).
"Generally, avoid using capital letters for emphasis and the overuse of 'do', and, especially, 'DON'T'", the university told its professors in an email obtained by UK media outlets .
High Street is the same as any other street/road/avenue and should have capital letters, so can the reporters please do that as it is something I nd very annoying.
Finding no logic in the CISF's decision, the court said, " It is well settled that there is no law which prohibits a person to sign in capital letters. A signature is a trait which a person develops over a period of time and these traits can develop even with reference to capital letters." A bench of Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Deepa Sharma was hearing a petition filed by Arif against the Union of India for refusing to appoint him a constable in the CISF on account of his signatures.
It was a bit dull at first - some capital letters saying hello to her "SOLDIERS", but then she went all A-list and mwahmwahed her new co-star.
At one time we invented emoticons, wrote with all capital letters or no capital letters, used frivolous subject lines, and created Byzantine websites with eclectic information.
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Other indications that a viewer may be unhappy include use of capital letters or the phrases, "When will you people listen?", "Who do you think you are?" and "Sort yourselves out!" The 964-page official handbook, which was released following a Freedom of Information request, also reveals quirks in the rules about who needs a licence - the Queen, prisoners and diplomats do not, but all other Royals and prison officers who live in the grounds of a jail do.
A tome featuring a heavier grammage paper, muted colours and text that screams from the pages in stark CAPITAL LETTERS! The first four double-page spreads evoke a feeling for each of the four seasons in turn.
The double-sided sheet of paper features the lyrics - starting with "I read the news today oh boy" - written in capital letters, along with cross-outs and corrections.
There's a highly unscientific law that states that, the angrier the person, the greater the percentage of capital letters used in their written correspondence.
capital letters!" He jets to America today to kick off the Stateside leg of his tour.