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As regards time-consuming, I tried http://thesaurus.com/browse/time-consuming for time-consuming but the results don't categorically pertain to time.

As concerns less time-consuming, I tried resesarching synonyms for productive (http://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/productive) yet again, the results don't categorically pertain to time.

Examples upon request:

Inasmuch as it'd be overly time-consuming to Google each individually,

what are some less time-consuming ways to find bestselling French nonfiction (either originally written in or translated into French) which are available as audiobooks?

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Protracted vs fleeting? If those aren't exactly what you're looking for, you might have better luck searching a thesaurus for them? – Kevin Workman Jan 10 '14 at 17:26
@KevinWorkman Why not make it an answer? – bib Jan 10 '14 at 17:53
@bib This was more an attempt to get more info and context from the OP rather than provide a definitive answer. I suppose I could delete the comment and post it as an answer if it bothers you. – Kevin Workman Jan 10 '14 at 17:57
Arduous is another. – Codeman Jan 10 '14 at 21:45
@JackRyan: I've updated my OP. Better? – Timere Feb 28 '14 at 7:23

More Time-Consuming

I can perhaps offer a few alternatives, in this order:

  1. Protracted = drawn out considerably, particularly in time.
  2. Exhaustive = comprehensive or thorough, but draining.
  3. Laborious ~ (As above - @Preetie Sekhon)

Less Time-Consuming

Again, in this order:

  1. Transient = brief, not lasting very long at all.
  2. Ephemeral = lasting a very short time, very brief, transitory.
  3. Brief = very fast, short-lived.


Be careful with ephemeral in particular, because almost no one typically knows what that means. It is a very uncommon word.

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Another one to add is arduous – Codeman Jan 10 '14 at 21:46

You could describe a time-consuming task as involved or potentially engrossing for something that might be involuntarily time-consuming.

For something less time-consuming, I would think easy, quick, or simple might work.

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More time consuming :


requiring considerable time and effort.

Cannot think of anything for requiring less time

effortless is something that does not require much energy or inputs.

Speedy done or occurring quickly , may also work, depending on the context.

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