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capitalization

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noun cap·i·tal·i·za·tion \ˌka-pə-tə-lə-ˈzā-shən, ˌkap-tə-, British also kə-ˌpi-tə-\

Definition of capitalization

  1. 1 a :  the act or process of capitalizing b :  a sum resulting from a process of capitalizing c :  the total liabilities of a business including both ownership capital and borrowed capital d :  the total par value or the stated value of no-par issues of authorized stock

  2. 2 :  the use of a capital letter in writing or printing



1852

First Known Use of capitalization

1852


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capitalization

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noun cap·i·tal·i·za·tion \ˌka-pət-əl-ə-ˈzā-shən, -əl-ī-\

Legal Definition of capitalization

  1. 1 :  the act or process of capitalizing <capitalization of earnings>

  2. 2 :  a sum resulting from a process of capitalizing; especially :  paid-in capital at capital <inadequate capitalization>

  3. 3 :  total capital liabilities of a business including both equity capital and debt capital Editor's note: Equity capital is considered a liability because the investors may recall some or all of it (as by redeeming stock). Inadequate capitalization of a business is considered by courts in cases dealing with equitable subordination of creditors or piercing the corporate veil.

  4. 4 :  the total par value or the stated value of no-par issues of authorized capital stock




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