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In finance, capital is money and other property of a corporation or other enterprise used in transacting the business; the owner’s contribution to or interest in a business (the equity). It is often used specifically to refer to the equity of unincorporated businesses (proprietorships and partnerships).

Generally refers to amounts contributed to a business organization for use in the business that are not loans. Often those who contribute capital receive a claim to the residual value of the organization after all other claims have been paid. In relation to a corporation, capital refers to contributions by shareholders. In relation to a partnership, it refers to amounts contributed by partners. Sometimes, however, capital may be used to refer to amounts lent to a business organization as well.

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