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Definition of Capital

Capital

  1. Of or pertaining to the head.
  2. Having reference to, or involving, the forfeiture of the head or life; affecting life; punishable with death; as, capital trials; capital punishment.
  3. First in importance; chief; principal.
  4. Chief, in a political sense, as being the seat of the general government of a state or nation; as, Washington and Paris are capital cities.
  5. Of first rate quality; excellent; as, a capital speech or song.
  6. The head or uppermost member of a column, pilaster, etc. It consists generally of three parts, abacus, bell (or vase), and necking. See these terms, and Column.
  7. The seat of government; the chief city or town in a country; a metropolis.
  8. Money, property, or stock employed in trade, manufactures, etc.; the sum invested or lent, as distinguished from the income or interest. See Capital stock, under Capital, a.
  9. That portion of the produce of industry, which may be directly employed either to support human beings or to assist in production.
  10. Anything which can be used to increase one's power or influence.
  11. An imaginary line dividing a bastion, ravelin, or other work, into two equal parts.
  12. A chapter, or section, of a book.
  13. See Capital letter, under Capital, a.

Capital Quotations

Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration.
Abraham Lincoln

Capital as such is not evil; it is its wrong use that is evil. Capital in some form or other will always be needed.
Mahatma Gandhi

The tax on capital gains directly affects investment decisions, the mobility and flow of risk capital... the ease or difficulty experienced by new ventures in obtaining capital, and thereby the strength and potential for growth in the economy.
John F. Kennedy

Books constitute capital. A library book lasts as long as a house, for hundreds of years. It is not, then, an article of mere consumption but fairly of capital, and often in the case of professional men, setting out in life, it is their only capital.
Thomas Jefferson

If people want capital gains taxed more like the highest rate on income, that's a good discussion. Maybe that's the way to help close the deficit.
Bill Gates
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Capital Translations

capital in Afrikaans is hoofstad
capital in Dutch is kapitaal, vermogen
capital in French is capital, capitale
capital in German is Kapital
capital in Italian is metropoli, capitale
capital in Portuguese is importante, capital
capital in Swedish is huvudstad, kapital, versal

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