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I want to use the term...

"expendable capital"

...to describe...

"a company's available budget for a particular thing"

Am I using the the word "capital" innaccurately and is all capital not expendable therefore rendering my use of the word "expendable", superfluous?

Alternative recommendations are welcome.

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  • I would use "available budget". I can't say that "expendable capital" is necessarily wrong, but it's particularly idiomatic.
    – Hot Licks
    Aug 9, 2015 at 14:34
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    And some capital may not be free to be spent, because it must be held as a security against certain debts or other reasons.
    – Hot Licks
    Aug 9, 2015 at 14:35
  • Can anyone educate me as to why my question may have been down-voted to assist me in avoiding a repeat of the mistake in future questions? Aug 9, 2015 at 14:43
  • @HotLicks Thank you for your provided clarification. Aug 9, 2015 at 14:45
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    Oops -- should have said ".. it's not particularly idiomatic."
    – Hot Licks
    Aug 9, 2015 at 19:02

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non-expendable capital

Example

The incumbent will gain experience and in-depth knowledge of logistics operations, including acquisition and purchasing of expendable materials/supplies and non-expendable capital assets and equipment and inventory management. An in-depth understanding of the regulations, policies, directives, processes and standard operating procedures and management thereof will be attained.

From US department of Veterans' Affairs (Part of a job-description)

Search online for "non expendable capital" to find other examples.

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    Is your point that, by merit of the term "non-expendable capital" existing, "expendable capital" is equally acceptable? Aug 9, 2015 at 14:47
  • Chasly from UK--government job descriptions and pamphlets are not noted for clarity of expression. These tracts are rife with bureaucratese and redundancies. e.g,, a 'guide' becomes a 'Guide to Information' in government-speak.
    – user3847
    Aug 10, 2015 at 8:58

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