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[kap-i-tl-in-ten-siv] /ˈkæp ɪ tl ɪnˈtɛn sɪv/
requiring or using a very large amount of capital relative to the need for or use of labor.
Compare labor-intensive.
Origin of capital-intensive
First recorded in 1955-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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capital-intensive definition

A term describing industries that employ relatively few laborers but that use expensive equipment. (Compare labor-intensive.)

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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