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[kawst-i-fek-tiv, kost-] /ˈkɔst ɪˈfɛk tɪv, ˈkɒst-/
producing optimum results for the expenditure.
Related forms
cost-effectively, adverb
cost-effectiveness, noun Unabridged
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  • Technological improvements have made solar-electric modules more cost-effective.
  • Health care isn't cost-effective because well, there are so many reasons.
  • They have to be efficient, cost-effective and resistant to interruptions or failure.
  • Developing a cost-effective process for bonding polyethylene glycol to fabric took years.
  • Food and gas are so expensive it's more cost-effective to stay home and diet.
  • The latter are essential to cost-effective care because they help patients avoid unnecessary, expensive procedures.
  • Pre-purchase discounts are cost-effective and cash-flow positive for small businesses.
  • And it would drive space ship developers to create safe yet cost-effective vehicles.
  • The foundation is developing a whole series of prizes designed to catalyse clean, renewable and cost-effective energy.
  • Such techniques have become increasingly cost-effective as companies have got more practice.
British Dictionary definitions for cost-effective


providing adequate financial return in relation to outlay
Derived Forms
cost-effectiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for cost-effective

also cost effective, 1967, from cost (n.) + effective.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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