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What is the antonym of "capital" (in the sense of city of governmental seat)? A related question: is there a term for referring to the whole set of cities that are not the capital within a country (or state, province)?

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Provincial. This is the term sometimes used in the UK.

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Ok, but if I want to say, for example, that I live in some English city, but not London. How am I to say that? "I live in the countryside"? Is there a better term than that? –  Otavio Macedo Jun 7 '11 at 23:20
    
What was unclear about "provincial"? You live in a provincial city. –  Marcin Jun 7 '11 at 23:50
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+1 NOAD: provincial –  Callithumpian Jun 8 '11 at 0:29
    
@Otavio: If you said you live in the countryside, that would imply that you did not live in a town or city at all. As @Marcin says, provincial city would work. –  psmears Jun 8 '11 at 11:44
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The first word that comes to my mind is non-capital.

For example,

What are the largest non-capital cities in the world?

Minor, secondary or inferior also come to mind.

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