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labour

the human input to work activity. See JOB, CAPITAL.

labour

the contribution to productive activity made by the workforce both by hand (for example, the assembly of a car) and mentally (for example, devising a stock-control system). Labour is one of the three main FACTORS OF PRODUCTION, the others being NATURAL RESOURCES and CAPITAL. See alsoECONOMIC GROWTH, HUMAN CAPITAL.
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They inherit, too, a fund of civility and complaisance; and, instead of that hardness and grossness which men in laborious life are apt to indulge towards each other, they are mutually obliging and accommodating; interchanging kind offices, yielding each other assistance and comfort in every emergency, and using the familiar appellations of "cousin" and "brother" when there is in fact no relationship.
Often Levin had admired this life, often he had a sense of envy of the men who led this life; but today for the first time, especially under the influence of what he had seen in the attitude of Ivan Parmenov to his young wife, the idea presented itself definitely to his mind that it was in his power to exchange the dreary, artificial, idle, and individualistic life he was leading for this laborious, pure, and socially delightful life.
The three new associates began, it seems, to be weary of the laborious life they led, and that without hope of bettering their circumstances: and a whim took them that they would make a voyage to the continent, from whence the savages came, and would try if they could seize upon some prisoners among the natives there, and bring them home, so as to make them do the laborious part of the work for them.
Edna had intended to be indifferent and as reserved as he when she met him; she had reached the determination by a laborious train of reasoning, incident to one of her despondent moods.
We met many big keel-boats on their way up, using sails, mule power, and profanity--a tedious and laborious business.
As he drew near, he slackened speed, took the middle of the street, leaned far over to star- board and rounded to ponderously and with laborious pomp and circumstance -- for he was personating the Big Missouri, and considered himself to be drawing nine feet of water.
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Summary: Roger Federer has progressed into the quarter-finals of the Australian Open after battling to a laborious victory over Tommy Robredo.
That has been a laborious process and there have been a few setbacks along the way.
The characters in ``Flushed'' look like their lumpen, monobrow Aardman predecessors, but here they've been created on DreamWorks Animation computers instead of through laborious stop-motion techniques.
In the UK fully CAA approved specialist airlines, such as European Aviation Air Charter, Titan Airways and now Air Atlantique (see below), have thrived on helping out (a process with the laborious technical name ACMI) other more well known carriers with aircraft when, for all sorts of reasons, there is a requirement.
Conductor Enoch zu Guttenberg's laborious explanation of ironic 'administrated sound' is that his orchestra is anything but a staid civil-service-style outfit.