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capital gain

profit from the sale of assets, as bonds or real estate.
Origin of capital gain
First recorded in 1920-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • If, as I am inclined to believe, your view can be widely extended, it will be a capital gain to the doctrine of evolution.

British Dictionary definitions for capital gain

capital gain

the amount by which the selling price of a financial asset exceeds its cost
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capital gain in Culture

capital gain definition

Personal income earned by the sale of assets, such as stocks or real property. The gain is the difference between the price paid for the asset and the selling price. Most conservatives want capital gains taxed at a lower rate than ordinary income in order to stimulate investment, whereas most liberals oppose a lower rate for capital gains as a subsidy for the wealthy.

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