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 for Active capital
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Active \Ac"tive\, a. [F. actif, L. activus, fr. agere to act.]
     1. Having the power or quality of acting; causing change;
        communicating action or motion; acting; -- opposed to
        passive, that receives; as, certain active principles;
        the powers of the mind.
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     2. Quick in physical movement; of an agile and vigorous body;
        nimble; as, an active child or animal.
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              Active and nervous was his gait.      --Wordsworth.
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     3. In action; actually proceeding; working; in force; --
        opposed to quiescent, dormant, or extinct; as,
        active laws; active hostilities; an active volcano.
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     4. Given to action; constantly engaged in action; energetic;
        diligent; busy; -- opposed to dull, sluggish,
        indolent, or inert; as, an active man of business;
        active mind; active zeal.
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     5. Requiring or implying action or exertion; -- opposed to
        sedentary or to tranquil; as, active employment or
        service; active scenes.
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     6. Given to action rather than contemplation; practical;
        operative; -- opposed to speculative or theoretical;
        as, an active rather than a speculative statesman.
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     7. Brisk; lively; as, an active demand for corn.
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     8. Implying or producing rapid action; as, an active disease;
        an active remedy.
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     9. (Gram.)
        (a) Applied to a form of the verb; -- opposed to
            passive. See Active voice, under Voice.
        (b) Applied to verbs which assert that the subject acts
            upon or affects something else; transitive.
        (c) Applied to all verbs that express action as distinct
            from mere existence or state.
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     Active capital, Active wealth, money, or property that
        may readily be converted into money.
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     Syn: Agile; alert; brisk; vigorous; nimble; lively; quick;
          sprightly; prompt; energetic.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  capital \cap"i*tal\ (k[a^]p"[i^]*tal), n. [Cf. L. capitellum and
     capitulum, a small head, the head, top, or capital of a
     column, dim. of caput head; F. chapiteau, OF. capitel. See
     chief, and cf. cattle, chattel, chapiter, chapter.]
     1. (Arch.) The head or uppermost member of a column,
        pilaster, etc. It consists generally of three parts,
        abacus, bell (or vase), and necking. See these terms, and
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     2. [Cf. F. capilate, fem., sc. ville.] (Geog.) The seat of
        government; the chief city or town in a country; a
        metropolis. "A busy and splendid capital" --Macauly.
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     3. [Cf. F. capital.] Money, property, or stock employed in
        trade, manufactures, etc.; the sum invested or lent, as
        distinguished from the income or interest. See Capital
        stock, under Capital, a.
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     4. (Polit. Econ.) That portion of the produce of industry,
        which may be directly employed either to support human
        beings or to assist in production. --M'Culloch.
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     Note: When wealth is used to assist production it is called
           capital. The capital of a civilized community includes
           fixed capital (i.e. buildings, machines, and roads
           used in the course of production and exchange) and
           circulating capital (i.e., food, fuel, money, etc.,
           spent in the course of production and exchange). --T.
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     5. Anything which can be used to increase one's power or
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              He tried to make capital out of his rival's
              discomfiture.                         --London
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     6. (Fort.) An imaginary line dividing a bastion, ravelin, or
        other work, into two equal parts.
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     7. A chapter, or section, of a book. [Obs.]
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              Holy St. Bernard hath said in the 59th capital.
                                                    --Sir W.
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     8. (Print.) See Capital letter, under Capital, a.
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     Active capital. See under Active,
     Small capital (Print.), a small capital letter; informally
        referred to (in the plural) as small caps; as, the
        technical terms are listed in small caps. See under
        Capital, a.
     To live on one's capital, to consume one's capital without
        producing or accumulating anything to replace it.
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