Definition of capital goods in US English:

capital goods

plural noun

  • Goods that are used in producing other goods, rather than being bought by consumers.

    Often contrasted with consumer goods
    • ‘It must be noted that the reasoning just quoted hypothesizes an unmonopolized supply of consumer and capital goods.’
    • ‘This would reduce the rate at which the economic system would be able to accumulate capital goods.’
    • ‘Buying capital goods in euros rather than pounds also enabled Macnaughton's to save money on its borrowings.’
    • ‘These valuations lead to an efficient investment in capital goods.’
    • ‘The slowdown stemmed from a decline in imports of capital goods and consumer products.’
    • ‘In consequence, the entrepreneurs hire labor and buy capital goods for which there are insufficient real savings to finance.’
    • ‘It is a national tax applied to the profits coming from the sale of capital goods including land.’
    • ‘Discussing savings and investment, his thesis was directed toward the demand for capital goods.’
    • ‘Imports have been rising since last August, with demand for intermediate and capital goods increasing in line with economic growth.’
    • ‘It is obvious that the factor which holds every man back from investing more and more of his land and labor in capital goods is his time preference for present goods.’
    • ‘January orders for capital goods, excluding the ups and downs that the aircraft sector can cause, rose strongly for the second month in a row.’
    • ‘It doesn't matter if we're dealing with a market for oranges, or a market for apples, a market for consumption goods, or a market for capital goods.’
    • ‘Without sufficient savings that allow for a continuous transformation of capital goods, productivity would decline rapidly.’
    • ‘It is saving that funds investment in capital goods like computers tools and machinery, which in turn makes the economy more productive.’
    • ‘Therefore, the growing production of capital goods goes hand in hand with a declining output of consumption goods.’
    • ‘An entrepreneur who wishes to acquire command over capital goods and labor in order to begin a process of production must first of all have money with which to purchase them.’
    • ‘U.S. exporters of consumer and capital goods should also benefit from a weaker currency.’
    • ‘Capital, moreover, is perfectly mobile, in contrast to capital goods.’
    • ‘The monthly data on shipments of capital goods suggest that business investment on equipment rose in the first quarter.’
    • ‘Costs, however, reflect past purchases of capital goods, made at a lower level of productive expenditure.’


capital goods

/ˈkapədl ɡo͝odz//ˈkæpədl ɡʊdz/