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If American labor is more expensive, it is also more efficient than labor is elsewhere.

Ice storage is quite practical in the North, but more expensive.

Cheese cloth is better for some purposes, but more expensive.

It was more expensive, furthermore, to ship a live steer than a dead one.

Access to the Internet is no more expensive than a magazine subscription.

Tank-cars were more expensive, but repaid those who could afford them.

But the building of the Hospital was more expensive than he had anticipated.

A better, a higher, and a more expensive standard of living—that is all.

With the cold, their daily existence became harder and more expensive.

It will be more expensive, but will probably be better done.

WORD ORIGIN

1620s, "given to profuse expenditure," from expense (n.) + -ive. Meaning "costly" is from 1630s. Earlier was expenseful (c.1600). Expenseless was in use mid-17c.-18c., but there seems nothing now to which it applies, and the dictionaries label it "obsolete."

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.