requiring a large expenditure of labor but not much capital

cottage industries are labor intensive

Syn: ↑labour-intensive
Similar to: ↑effortful

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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

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