un·​der·​cap·​i·​tal·​ized ˌən-dər-ˈka-pə-tə-ˌlīzd How to pronounce undercapitalized (audio)
: having too little capital for efficient operation
an undercapitalized business

Examples of undercapitalized in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But Remnant’s business practices are similar to those of any number of undercapitalized drillers holding portfolios of old wells. Mark Olalde, ProPublica, 22 Feb. 2024 Regulators here in the Permian Basin , the world’s most productive oil field, must contend with Remnant and other undercapitalized companies like it that could add even more wells to the list of orphans. Mark Olalde, ProPublica, 22 Feb. 2024 This rebranding represents our joint mission of not just financing but holistically supporting today's underserved and undercapitalized small businesses in sustainable growth. Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 6 Feb. 2024 Unemployment remains a persistent problem, the banking system is chronically weak and undercapitalized, and the private sector is anemic. Henry Rome, Foreign Affairs, 5 Nov. 2019 The price adjustments allow Freddie and Fannie to keep from being undercapitalized and over-exposed to risk. Anna Bahney, CNN, 27 Apr. 2023 Entrepreneurs with great ideas outside Silicon Valley, New York and Boston are typically undercapitalized. Brian Penick, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2023 Black business are structurally undercapitalized. CNN, 22 Feb. 2021 The Florida Legislature has been tweaking the property insurance laws for decades to shore up an industry with a long history of being undercapitalized, denying policyholder claims and enduring a tidal wave of lawsuits that far outpaces other states. Jeffrey Schweers, Orlando Sentinel, 15 Dec. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1962, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of undercapitalized was in 1962

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“Undercapitalized.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/undercapitalized. Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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un·​der·​cap·​i·​tal·​ized ˌən-dər-ˈka-pət-ᵊl-ˌīzd How to pronounce undercapitalized (audio)
: having too little capital for efficient operation
undercapitalized companies
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