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opportunity cost

noun, Economics.
the money or other benefits lost when pursuing a particular course of action instead of a mutually-exclusive alternative:
The company cannot afford the opportunity cost attached to policy decisions made by the current CEO.
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First recorded in 1910-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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opportunity cost

(economics) the benefit that could have been gained from an alternative use of the same resource
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