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

  • adj. Designed to conserve human energy in performing work or to decrease the amount of human labor needed.

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  • adj. Describing something that makes work easier or faster.


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  • But starting in the 1950s in Australia (where there was no large supply of foreign farm labor), farmers were compelled by circumstances to develop a laborsaving method called "dried-on-the-vine" (DOV) production.

    The Employment Situation, Arnold Kling | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

  • This hardly seems in keeping with my philosophical commitment to the laborsaving device that has defined work on The Farm thus far.


  • What would Ben Franklin have said about such laborsaving inventions as the robotic vacuum cleaner or the self-parking car?

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  • And he put up power lines to run his laborsaving devices.

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  • The gold standard of dubious laborsaving devices is the Clapper, from Joseph Enterprises, in San Francisco.

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  • However, compared to Team Libby and the “trust fund” gag me, in terms of manpower and laborsaving resources, our boy Fitz is definately at an extreme disadvantage.

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  • Where it will not make a thick lump of cloth that will take too long to dry, it is laborsaving and space-saving to pin the ends of two garments together so that you use only half as many pins.


  • Capital-intensive, laborsaving technology, mainly transferred from industrialized nations.

    Diffusion of Innovations

  • As his wages rise, he must introduce laborsaving machinery to cut his costs and rescue his profits—if he does not, his neighbor will.

    The Worldly Philosophers

  • For he says that they will meet the threat of rising wages by introducing laborsaving machinery into their plants.

    The Worldly Philosophers


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