[ 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.

Origin of capital-intensive

First recorded in 1955–60 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Culture definitions for capital-intensive


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

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