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opportunity cost

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noun Economics.
  1. 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.

Origin of opportunity cost

First recorded in 1910–15
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British Dictionary definitions for opportunity cost

opportunity cost

noun
  1. economics the benefit that could have been gained from an alternative use of the same resource
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