requiring a large expenditure of labor but not much capital

cottage industries are labor intensive

Syn: ↑labor-intensive
Similar to: ↑effortful

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laˈbour-intensˈive adjective
Requiring a relatively large number of workers for the capital invested, opp to capital-intensive
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Main Entry:labour

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labour-intensive UK US adjective business
a labour-intensive industry or process needs a lot of people to do the work
Thesaurus: describing or relating to factories and producing goodshyponym

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ˌlabour-inˈtensive [labour-intensive] (especially US ˌlabor-inˈtensive) adjective
(of work) needing a lot of people to do it

labour-intensive methods

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • labour-intensive — ˌlabour inˈtensive , labor intensive adjective COMMERCE MANUFACTURING needing a lot of workers in order to produce something: • The company was using old, labour intensive production methods. • Whereas goods production can be automated, the… …   Financial and business terms

  • labour-intensive — adj BrE labor intensive AmE an industry or type of work that is labour intensive needs a lot of workers →↑capital intensive ▪ labour intensive farming methods …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • labour-intensive — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ needing a large workforce or a large amount of work in relation to output …   English terms dictionary

  • labour-intensive — BrE labor intensive AmE adjective an industry or type of work that is labour intensive needs a lot of workers: labour intensive farming methods see also: capital intensive …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • labour-intensive — ADJ GRADED Labour intensive industries or methods of making things involve a lot of workers. Compare capital intensive. Construction remains a relatively labour intensive industry …   English dictionary

  • labour-intensive — adj. Labour intensive/labor intensive is used with these nouns: ↑industry, ↑manufacturing, ↑work …   Collocations dictionary

  • labour-intensive — UK / US adjective business a labour intensive industry or process needs a lot of people to do the work …   English dictionary

  • labour-intensive — /ˈleɪbər ɪnˌtɛnsɪv / (say laybuhr in.tensiv) adjective of or relating to an industry which, while not needing a very large capital investment in plant, etc., requires a comparatively large labour force (opposed to capital intensive). Also, labor… …   Australian English dictionary

  • labour intensive — Denoting a company or industry in which direct labour costs are more important than capital expenditure. Compare: capital intensive …   Accounting dictionary

  • labour-intensive — Denoting an industry, company, production process, or project in which the remuneration paid to employees represents a high proportion of the total costs. Compare capital intensive …   Big dictionary of business and management

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