labor intensive

labor-intensive

[ley-ber-in-ten-siv]
adjective
requiring or using a large supply of labor, relative to capital.

Origin:
1950–55

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labor-intensive definition


A term describing industries that require a great deal of labor relative to capital (compare capital-intensive). Examples of labor-intensive industries are forms of agriculture that cannot make use of machinery and service industries, such as restaurants.

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