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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Produced or done with effort: the labored breathing of a very ill person.
  • adj. Lacking natural ease; strained: a labored style of debating.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of labor.
  • adj. Of an action that is difficult to perform.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Bearing marks of labor and effort; elaborately wrought; not easy or natural
  • adj. appearing to require strong effort.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Laboriously formed; made or done with laborious pains or care.
  • Bearing the marks of constrained or forced effort; not easy, natural, or spontaneous: as, a labored style of composition; a labored painting.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. requiring or showing effort
  • adj. lacking natural ease

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