[kawst-ben-uh-fit, kost-]
of, pertaining to, or based on a cost-effective analysis.

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denoting or relating to a method of assessing a project that takes into account its costs and its benefits to society as well as the revenue it generates: a cost-benefit analysis; the project was assessed on a cost-benefit basis

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Main Entry:  cost-benefit
Part of Speech:  adj
Definition:  pertaining to an analysis or study of the actual cost of a project in relation to the potential benefits that will come from it
Example:  Cost-benefit analysis tries to determine if a project is economically worthwhile.'s 21st Century Lexicon
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Example sentences
Our health and well-being are determined by numerous daily cost-benefit
The truth is, no cost-benefit calculus will tell us whether all that money is
  well spent.
Similarly, cost-benefit calculations are generally out-of-court in deciding
  free-speech cases.
We believe the cost-benefit calculations of neither party will be changed
  without that understanding.
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