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Definition of "labor-intensive" [labor-intensive]

  • Requiring or having a large expenditure of labor in comparison to capital: "Intrigue and subversion are labor-intensive undertakings” ( George F. Kennan). (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "labor-intensive" in a sentence
  • "This is what is known as a labor-intensive industry, where all the cost, almost all the cost, should be labor because that’s what it is."
  • "Outsourcing firms are low-margin, labor-intensive "body shops" that often do run-of-the-mill tech support for office workers or manage data centers."
  • "Many small business owners complain that despite the government's call for them to transform their labor-intensive business model, or Zhuanxing in Chinese, there has been little policy support offered."