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labor-intensive

[ley-ber-in-ten-siv]
adjective
  1. requiring or using a large supply of labor, relative to capital.
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Origin of labor-intensive

First recorded in 1950–55
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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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