capital-intensive

[ kap-i-tl-in-ten-siv ]
/ ˈkæp ɪ tl ɪnˈtɛn sɪv /

adjective

requiring or using a very large amount of capital relative to the need for or use of labor.

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Origin of capital-intensive

First recorded in 1955–60
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capital-intensive

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

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