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clear division of labor

Definition of Clear Division of Labor

(noun) The distinct specialization of tasks in a bureaucracy that each individual must perform.

Example of Clear Division of Labor

  • Assistants completing clerical work for their managers.

Clear Division of Labor Pronunciation

  • IPA Pronunciation
    • American English
      • /klɪə dɪˈvɪʒən əv ˈleɪbər/
      • /klɪə dɪˈvɪʒən ə ˈleɪbər/
    • British English
      • /klɪə dɪˈvɪʒən ɒv ˈleɪbə/
      • /klɪə dɪˈvɪʒən əv ˈleɪbə/
      • /klɪə dɪˈvɪʒən ə ˈleɪbə/
  • Syllabification: (clear di·vi·sion of la·bor)

Usage Notes

  • Plural: clear divisions of labor
  • A type of division of labor.
  • Variant spelling: clear division of labour

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Cite the Definition of Clear Division of Labor

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “clear division of labor.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved October 17, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/clear-division-of-labor/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

clear division of labor. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/clear-division-of-labor/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “clear division of labor.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed October 17, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/clear-division-of-labor/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“clear division of labor.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 17 Oct. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/clear-division-of-labor/>.