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uncapitalized, adj.

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Origin: Apparently formed within English, by derivation. Etymons: un- prefix1, capitalized adj.
 

 1. Not converted into capital (capital n.2 3a); not supplied with capital.

1842   Morning Post 18 Jan.   An attempt to induce the holders of uncapitalised coupons to..sacrifice a just, equitable, and fair demand on Spain for interest at five per cent.
1886   Aberdeen Weekly Jrnl. 29 Mar. 2/1   The money circulates with..from 15 to 25 times its uncapitalised volume of flow.
1922   Electric Railway Jrnl. 11 Mar. 407/1   The uncapitalized civic value of the street railway.
1952   Times 1 Nov. 5/5   No long-range purpose would be served by measures to enable land of this type to be occupied by uncapitalized peasants.
2017   M. Griffiths New Poetics of Climate Change iv. 103   Where there is still sufficient uncapitalized environment to accommodate the externalities of industry.

1842—2017(Hide quotations)

 
 

 2. Not written or printed as a capital or in capitals; lower-case.

1885   Amer. Catholic Q. Rev. Oct. 748   The apostles (with an uncapitalized A).
1915   W. B. Wait Uniform Type Question 15   There is nothing to show that the uncapitalized sheet in the large type was not read by the best class of readers.
1988   L. Hutcheon Canad. Postmodern p. ix   Truth has been replaced by truths, uncapitalized and in the plural.
2007   N.Y. Times Mag. 28 Jan. 72/1   The object is to insert the 15 letters beneath each board into the pattern to create a fuller interlock of common, uncapitalized words reading across and down.

1885—2007(Hide quotations)

 

This entry has been updated (OED Third Edition, June 2018).