from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Requiring or having a large expenditure of labor in comparison to capital: "Intrigue and subversion are labor-intensive undertakings” ( George F. Kennan).
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- adj. Requiring a great deal of work, especially physical and manual effort.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. requiring a large expenditure of labor but not much capital
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.
The market economics were right: frikeh was not being produced in this country, and the process was labor-intensive, with only a three-day window of time to harvest the wheat for parching.
Other measures are designed to boost labor-intensive sectors such as tourism, some service businesses and road-building by reducing taxes and refocusing capital spending on maintaining local highways.
If we think about the tremendous amount of savings Americans get from imported labor-intensive goods, we can see the tremendous possibility of "offshored" medicine.
He argued that most services were, by their nature, labor-intensive.
For labor-intensive goods/services, the costs were lower than that average, and for capital-intensive goods/services it was higher.
While the product creation process can be labor-intensive, as an author myself, I've found it hugely satisfying.
This painstaking sifting process is one of the last laps in the coffee beans' long, labor-intensive journey from the plantation to your double-tall latte.
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