- requiring or using a very large amount of capital relative to the need for or use of labor.
Origin of capital-intensive
First recorded in 1955–60
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Examples from the Web for capital-intensive
Automaking is a notoriously difficult, capital-intensive business.Start-Up Automaker Elio Builds Small, Cheap, Two-Seater Car
August 8, 2013
ExxonMobil may be an old-school, capital-intensive resource company, but it is churning out results that rival those of Apple.ExxonMobil’s Profits and Market Capitalization Rival Apple’s
August 1, 2013
A term describing industries that employ relatively few laborers but that use expensive equipment. (Compare labor-intensive.)
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