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verb (used with object), de·cap·i·tal·ized, de·cap·i·tal·iz·ing.
  1. to deprive of capital; discourage capital formation; withdraw capital from: The government decapitalized industry with harsh tax policies.
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Also especially British, de·cap·i·tal·ise.

Origin of decapitalize

First recorded in 1870–75; de- + capitalize
Related formsde·cap·i·tal·i·za·tion, noun
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Historical Examples

  • It has placed a dishonoured general at our head, decapitalised Paris, tried to ruin her commerce.

    History of the Commune of 1871

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