[ ley-ber-in-ten-siv ]

  1. requiring or using a large supply of labor, relative to capital.

Origin of labor-intensive

First recorded in 1950–55

Words Nearby labor-intensive Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

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Cultural definitions for labor-intensive


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.

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