non·​cap·​i·​tal ˌnän-ˈka-pə-tᵊl How to pronounce noncapital (audio)
: not capital
noncapital profits
especially : not punishable by death or involving punishment by death
noncapital offenses
a noncapital sentence

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The revised program would reimburse up to 90% of eligible expenses for noncapital improvements -- up from the initial proposal to reimburse up to 75% -- based on the recommendation of the agriculture committees, Agriculture Secretary Wes Ward said earlier this week. Michael R. Wickline, Arkansas Online, 22 Aug. 2020 As in noncapital cases, four votes are needed to hear the merits of a legal issue. Joan Biskupic, CNN, 17 Oct. 2021 In the case of a tie for low bids for noncapital projects, the contract will go to local businesses. Katie V. Jones,, 12 Aug. 2021 The legacy of split juries in Louisiana dates to 1898, when state lawmakers affirmed during a constitutional convention to allow verdicts in noncapital felonies in which only nine out of 12 jurors agree. NBC News, 9 May 2021 State law used to differentiate capital and noncapital crimes based on the race of the perpetrator and the race of the victim. Washington Post, 22 Feb. 2021 The new State Constitution replaced a unanimity requirement with one that said the votes of nine jurors out of 12 were enough to convict defendants of noncapital felonies. Adam Liptak, New York Times, 5 Aug. 2019 Despite his death sentences being upheld, the Ohio Supreme Court sent Beasley's case back to Summit County, ruling the judge did not take the proper steps when sentencing Beasley for his noncapital convictions. Eric Heisig,, 9 Feb. 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1865, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of noncapital was in 1865

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“Noncapital.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jun. 2023.

Legal Definition


: not involving the death penalty
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