[ kap-i-tl-in-ten-siv ]

  1. 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

Words Nearby capital-intensive Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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Cultural 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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