cost-ef·​fec·​tive ˈkȯst-ə-ˈfek-tiv How to pronounce cost-effective (audio)
: producing good results without costing a lot of money
cost-effective measures to combat poverty
Robot spot welding can be quite cost-effectiveHarry H. Poole
cost-effectiveness noun

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Modest investments to provide extremely low-income individuals and families with a safe, permanent apartment to call home are far more cost-effective than calls to expand shelter. Karen Santilli,, 26 May 2023 These groups have said that self-taping opens jobs to a greater diversity of candidates, and makes the industry more accessible and cost-effective for those who live outside major hubs like London. Manori Ravindran, Variety, 26 May 2023 Versatility For a more cost-effective option, Bourne says to go for something more versatile. Jessie Quinn, Peoplemag, 25 May 2023 But Roshi and co say a more cost-effective approach is to create a steerable structure supporting 102 smaller dishes, each one 13 meters across. The Physics Arxiv Blog, Discover Magazine, 25 May 2023 The Biden administration had paid around $530 per course for its supply, which is close to the range outside experts said would be cost-effective for the drug. Alexander Tin, CBS News, 25 May 2023 According to the study, the new NmCV-5 vaccine can be made available at lower cost than existing 4-in-1 vaccines with more cost-effective production methods. Laura Baisas, Popular Science, 24 May 2023 Paxton said whistleblower settlement was the fairest and most cost-effective way to end the suit. Lauren Mcgaughy, Dallas News, 24 May 2023 The Rinnai unit has high-efficiency ratings of up to 0.96 UEF (Uniform Energy Factor rating—a measure of energy efficiency; the higher the UEF, the more efficient the unit) and can be used with more cost-effective venting materials, such as polypropylene or PVC. Kat De Naoum, Better Homes & Gardens, 24 May 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1966, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cost-effective was in 1966

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“Cost-effective.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2023.

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