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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web There are unexplored opportunities in the U.S.—specifically the undercapitalized Latino market–and now is the moment to maximize the potential. Sean Salas, Forbes, 12 Aug. 2022 These types of investments are a form of reinsurance, a very established market that has existed since the early 14th century but remains largely undercapitalized. Benjamin Laker, Forbes, 5 July 2022 Northern Dynasty is a junior mining company, and an undercapitalized one at that, more suited to mineral exploration than full-scale mine development. Tim Sohn, Outside Online, 28 Oct. 2020 Underrepresented founders are undercapitalized from the start. Marija Butkovic, Forbes, 26 Oct. 2021 As the season progressed, the undercapitalized Indians kept making cuts; Burns might have preferred to remain a bench manager but may not have had a choice, as he was permitted to sub for injured or absent players. Paula Allen, San Antonio Express-News, 23 Oct. 2021 Being undercapitalized from the get-go makes long-term success difficult. Lydia Depillis, ProPublica, 7 June 2021 The financial crisis emanated from a fragile, undercapitalized banking sector: The obvious postcrisis response was to lend much more conservatively. Mike Bird, WSJ, 7 May 2021 But unlike mainstream lenders, Black banks are chronically and acutely undercapitalized. CNN, 10 May 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1962, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
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 29 Nov. 2022.

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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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