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capital

  
[2]  
      n   the upper part of a column or pier that supports the entablature,   (Also called)    chapiter, cap  
     (C14: from Old French capitel, from Late Latin capitellum, diminutive of caput head)  
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capital   [1]  
      n  
1   
a    the seat of government of a country or other political unit  
b    (as modifier)  
a capital city     
2    material wealth owned by an individual or business enterprise  
3    wealth available for or capable of use in the production of further wealth, as by industrial investment  
4    make capital (out) of   to get advantage from  
5    sometimes cap   the capitalist class or their interests  
capital versus labour     
6      (Accounting)  
a    the ownership interests of a business as represented by the excess of assets over liabilities  
b    the nominal value of the authorized or issued shares  
c    (as modifier)  
capital issues     
7    any assets or resources, esp. when used to gain profit or advantage  
8   
a    a capital letter,   (Abbrev.)    cap, cap  
b    (as modifier)  
capital B     
9    with a capital A, B, etc.   (used to give emphasis to a statement)  
he is mean with a capital M     
      adj  
10    prenominal     (Law)   involving or punishable by death  
a capital offence     
11    very serious; fatal  
a capital error     
12    primary, chief, or principal  
our capital concern is that everyone be fed     
13    of, relating to, or designating the large modern majuscule letter used chiefly as the initial letter in personal names and place names and other uniquely specificatory nouns, and often for abbreviations and acronyms  
   Compare       small       9  
  
See also  
    upper case  
14      (Chiefly Brit)   excellent; first-rate  
a capital idea     
     (C13: from Latin capitalis (adj) concerning the head, chief, from caput head; compare Medieval Latin capitale (n) wealth, from capitalis (adj))  

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capital

  

      adj  
1    cardinal, central, chief, controlling, essential, foremost, important, leading, main, major, overruling, paramount, pre-eminent, primary, prime, principal, prominent, vital  
2    excellent, fine, first, first-rate, prime, splendid, sterling, superb, world-class  
      n  
3    assets, cash, finance, finances, financing, funds, investment(s), means, money, principal, property, resources, stock, wealth, wherewithal  

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n.
(in neomarxist thought) the third main exploitive social class: The bourgeoisie of innovation. The members of the innovoisie have usually human innovating capital. They receive (as individuals) copyrights or patent rights and consume more than the world GDP. (neologism 1996 Yanick Toutain)
n.
(in neomarxist thought) the second main exploitive social class: The bourgeoisie of formation. The members of the formoisie have human capital, receive high wages (the most frequently thanks to their diplomas) and consume more than the world GDP. (neologism 1993 Yanick Toutain)
[Hum. Sc.] The formoisie is the social class that created social-democracy and stalinism.

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