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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Produced or done with effort.
  • adjective Lacking natural ease; strained.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • adjective requiring or showing effort
  • adjective lacking natural ease

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