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capital-intensive

[kap-i-tl-in-ten-siv] /ˈkæp ɪ tl ɪnˈtɛn sɪv/
adjective
1.
requiring or using a very large amount of capital relative to the need for or use of labor.
Compare labor-intensive.
Origin
1955-1960
1955-60
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  • It's still valuable, and it's substantially less capital-intensive.
  • Popular music has long been a capital-intensive business, favoring big companies that can benefit from economies of scale.
  • Most investment is in capital-intensive and technology-intensive sectors.
  • Ideally the area should also be capital-intensive, making it harder for rivals to keep up.
  • The capital-intensive goods are produced, but no one can buy them.
  • Growth has been capital-intensive, focusing on heavy industries such as steel rather than more labour-intensive services.
  • The ratio automatically rises as an economy develops and shifts to more capital-intensive production.
  • But improving an existing refinery or building a new one is a slow and capital-intensive business.
  • And high wages in turn encouraged the development of the era's capital-intensive mechanical technologies.
  • Both are capital-intensive, with long product development times, intricate supply chains and complex manufacturing processes.
capital-intensive in Culture

capital-intensive definition


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

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