cost-ben·​e·​fit ˈkȯs(t)-ˈbe-nə-ˌfit How to pronounce cost-benefit (audio)
: of, relating to, or being economic analysis that assigns a numerical value to the cost-effectiveness of an operation, procedure, or program

Examples of cost-benefit in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the language of cost-benefit analysis, the costs in terms of infringing on individual freedom of action are much smaller than the societal benefits, so the net benefits are positive. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, 25 Apr. 2024 Made of material that is invisible to radar, according to Ukrainian outlet Pravda, the drones help to even out the cost-benefit imbalance of the war. Peter Aitken, Fox News, 20 Apr. 2024 Even a cold-blooded cost-benefit analysis justifies an investment, once again, of American blood, treasure, and leadership attention. Suzanne Maloney, Foreign Affairs, 18 Apr. 2024 How might a future crisis over Taiwan, which triggers sharp U.S. sanctions on China, affect Beijing’s cost-benefit analysis regarding a still deeper alliance with Russia? Hal Brands, Foreign Affairs, 29 Mar. 2024 For an example of this kind of cost-benefit analysis, consider the policy debate over whether children are better off being raised by two married parents. Marcia Zug, The Conversation, 21 Mar. 2024 Without a doubt, there are crucial ongoing discussions, most notably about cost-benefit considerations. Daniel Weiner, STAT, 8 Jan. 2024 Many of these people are affiliated with the philosophical movement Effective Altruism or the somewhat related Rationalist movement—both of which believe in applying cost-benefit analysis to figure out how to lead a moral life. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, 19 Mar. 2024 And while the specifics of cost-benefit analysis discourse surely shift between a boardroom and the local strip club to which Black Sabbath reportedly brought fresh prints of their tracks to play while recording Heaven and Hell, a cost-benefit analysis of a certain kind was conducted. Paul Fitzgerald, Rolling Stone, 5 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1942, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cost-benefit was in 1942

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“Cost-benefit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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