zero-based

adjective ze·ro-based \ ˈzē-(ˌ)rō-ˈbāst , ˈzir-(ˌ)ō- \
variants: or zero-base play \ˈzē-(ˌ)rō-ˈbās, ˈzir-(ˌ)ō-\

Definition of zero-based

:having each item justified on the basis of cost or need
  • zero-based budgeting

First Known Use of zero-based

1970


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