indirect cost


Definition of indirect cost

: a cost that is not identifiable with a specific product, function, or activity

Examples of indirect cost in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Regardless of how small the measurable, direct impact of additional flights caused by loyalty programs, their indirect cost is high. Seth Kugel, New York Times, 5 Mar. 2020 The ambassadors’ cherry-picking method—to focus solely on deaths of service members and line-item budget costs—is to ignore the considerable indirect costs of war, costs that can’t be wished away. Adam Wunische, The New Republic, 27 Sep. 2019 While Trump on Thursday continued to insist China was paying the cost of his tariffs, CEOs have in earnings calls over the last few weeks repeatedly detailed the rising direct and indirect costs to their businesses. Los Angeles Times, 2 Aug. 2019 The special counsel's office has incurred direct and indirect costs totaling $25.2 million through Sept. 30, 2018, according to expenditure reports. NBC News, 25 July 2019 JPMorgan Chase Chief Executive James Dimon spoke of the indirect costs of trade tensions to business confidence and investment. Aaron Back, WSJ, 5 Dec. 2018 Advancing orders early carries direct and potentially indirect costs for retailers and manufacturers. Erica E. Phillips, WSJ, 15 Nov. 2018 These sources cover both the direct medical costs and the indirect costs of each condition; for instance, one paper estimates the total cost of chronic back pain in the US. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, 1 Nov. 2018 In a speech, Mr. Carney said that a trade war would have direct costs to the global economy through reduced trade as well as indirect costs ranging from weaker business and consumer confidence to higher inflation and sagging productivity growth. Jason Douglas, WSJ, 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of indirect cost

circa 1909, in the meaning defined above

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“Indirect cost.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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