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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.

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and legitimacy that are compromised by the existing chaos in capitally
Giarratano (207) however, the Supreme Court rejected the proposition that a capitally sentenced inmate possessed a unique right to state postconviction counsel.
The analysis yields three major findings: (1) capital sentencing is concentrating dramatically; (2) executions are concentrating more gradually; and (3) both trends persist within most capitally active states.
Thus, in 177 of the 205 death-eligible cases included in the Connecticut death penalty study, no jury evaluated the appropriate punishment for the death-eligible defendant for any of a number of reasons: the case was not capitally charged, the prosecutor chose not to seek the death penalty, or a guilty plea or some other factor diverted the case from a capital sentencing jury determination.
First, I have already noted that for Plymouth, the "old colony," in 1636 adultery was "to be punished" (perhaps capitally, perhaps not), and in 1658 its law prescribed the wearing of the letters AD.
Devised by former-president, now CEO, Glen Tellock, it's a strategy that makes sense given the needs of a large manufacturer of a capitally intensive product, since significant sales volumes are required to keep the factories running and achieve an effective economy of scale.
Large capital projects As outlined by Deloitte experts at the event, EPC projects in the GCC are forecast to increase in size and complexity, and project owners are now enhancing their own capabilities to execute their rapidly growing and expensive portfolios in a capitally efficient manner.
EPC projects in the GCC are forecasted to increase in size and complexity, and project owners are now enhancing their own capabilities to execute their rapidly growing and expensive portfolios in a capitally efficient manner, outlined experts from Deloitte, leading professional services firm, at a recent seminar in Dubai.
In the end, it is difficult to conceive that a larger investment--whether more physically visible or more capitally intense, which often go together, of course--would be subjected to the same misguided analysis about the nature of its customers.
Mark Walton, managing director of Walton Robinson said "If you are more interested in a capitally robust investment in Newcastle city centre, Jesmond or Sandyford then its best to look for a property that is in a poorer condition, as investors may be able to raise a deposit but affording a refurbishment on top can be a stretch so there are good deals to be had.
When a district attorney elects to proceed capitally in a murder case, there are extra costs incurred by the state.