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[ley-ber-in-ten-siv] /ˈleɪ bər ɪnˈtɛn sɪv/
requiring or using a large supply of labor, relative to capital.
Origin of labor-intensive
First recorded in 1950-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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labor-intensive definition

A term describing industries that require a great deal of labor relative to capital (compare capital-intensive). Examples of labor-intensive industries are forms of agriculture that cannot make use of machinery and service industries, such as restaurants.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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