from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Saving labor; adapted to supersede or diminish the labor of men; designed to replace or conserve human and especially manual labor.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Saving labor; adapted to supersede or diminish the labor of men: as, a labor-saving machine.

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

  • adj. designed to replace or conserve human and especially manual labor


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  • In one intentional community, some members grew tired of deliberately avoiding labor-saving devices and called for the use of a gasoline-powered tractor to pull the plow, but they were denounced by those who believed that the use of anything but the hoe and rake would violate the founding principle of the commune.

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  • "It organizes industry on an enormous, labor-saving scale, and abolishes childish, wasteful competition."


  • We can also agree that the larger the product through the employment of labor-saving methods the better, as there will be more to be divided, but again the question of the division ....


  • It does not appeal to the workingman who has had his head broken by a policeman's club, his union treasury bankrupted by a court decision, or his job taken away from him by a labor-saving invention.


  • If he had more room, he would be able to put in a score of labor-saving and money - saving improvements.

    Chapter 44

  • More efficient electric power plants didn't lead to declining consumer electricity spending, but to widespread and expanding electricity uses like near-universal air conditioning, larger homes and labor-saving appliances.

    Getting Real About Our Energy Policy, or Lack of One

  • Those Luddites who once argued that we should protect jobs by resisting advances in labor-saving technology are rightly regarded as fools by today's peddlers of standard economic wisdom.

    The High Cost of a Cheap Pound

  • The tracker in effect is a labor-saving device to help police do their work, the government says.

    Justices Weigh Privacy vs. GPS Bugs

  • Responding to the needs of a world that hungered for more labor-saving devices, Japanese manufacturers shifted to higher-value products and quality improved.

    Matthew Yglesias » American Manufacturing is Very Productive

  • The market will not only adjust but it will grow as companies speed up their rate of development of labor-saving innovations.

    Immigrant Labor Market Issues, Arnold Kling | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty


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