opportunity cost

op·por·tu·ni·ty cost
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    • US Pronunciation
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    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [op-er-too-ni-tee, -tyoo- kawst, kost]
    • /ˌɒp ərˈtu nɪ ti, -ˈtyu- kɔst, kɒst/
    • /ˌɒpəˈtjuːnəti kɒst/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [op-er-too-ni-tee, -tyoo- kawst, kost]
    • /ˌɒp ərˈtu nɪ ti, -ˈtyu- kɔst, kɒst/

Definitions of opportunity cost words

  • noun opportunity cost the money or other benefits lost when pursuing a particular course of action instead of a mutually-exclusive alternative: The company cannot afford the opportunity cost attached to policy decisions made by the current CEO. 1
  • noun opportunity cost the benefit that could have been gained from an alternative use of the same resource 0
  • noun opportunity cost An opportunity cost is the cost of not being able to do other things with time and resources because of doing the chosen activity. 0

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Origin of opportunity cost

First appearance:

before 1910
One of the 15% newest English words
First recorded in 1910-15

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Parts of speech for Opportunity cost


opportunity cost popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 55% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
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