cost of living

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Definition of cost of living 

: the cost of purchasing those goods and services which are included in an accepted standard level of consumption

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1796, in the meaning defined above

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cost of living

cost of liv·ing

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: the cost of purchasing those goods and services which are included in an accepted standard level of consumption

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