la·​bor-in·​ten·​sive ˈlā-bər-in-ˌten(t)-siv How to pronounce labor-intensive (audio)
: having high labor costs per unit of output
especially : requiring greater expenditure on labor than in capital

Examples of labor-intensive in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Recently, in response to trends in moviegoing, Hollywood has become more dependent on tapping into characters or stories that audiences already know, giving bio-pics, particularly ones that require radical, labor-intensive transformations, a kind of prestigious sheen. Hua Hsu, The New Yorker, 27 Nov. 2023 Instead, about 99 percent of the world’s vanilla comes from synthetic sources such as vanillin, a cheaper and less labor-intensive alternative to harvesting vanilla beans or castoreum. Margaret Osborne, Smithsonian Magazine, 21 Nov. 2023 Because of the labor-intensive nature of the dish, paella is only served on weekdays with 24-hour advance notice for carryout. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 Nov. 2023 Research from Loughborough University found that as temperatures reach 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32 degrees Celsius), worker productivity, particularly for those employed in labor-intensive or outdoor professions, can decline by 25%. Martine Ferland, Fortune, 15 Nov. 2023 Coil speakers require labor-intensive manufacturing and testing, partly because of inconsistencies from unit to unit. IEEE Spectrum, 14 Nov. 2023 Cannabis is among the nation’s most labor-intensive crops, on par with strawberries. Paige St. John, Los Angeles Times, 13 Nov. 2023 While in Encinitas, the monks will construct a labor-intensive sand mandala at the Seaside Center of Spiritual Living, 1613 Lake Drive. Linda McIntosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Nov. 2023 At Iceland, resurfacing was labor-intensive, involving manual tools like planers, hoses and squeegees. Nick Yetto, Smithsonian Magazine, 26 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1928, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of labor-intensive was in 1928

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“Labor-intensive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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