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[kawst-pluhs, kost-] /ˈkɔstˈplʌs, ˈkɒst-/
paid or providing for payment based on the cost of production plus an agreed-upon fee or rate of profit, as certain government contracts.
of or relating to a cost-plus arrangement or contract.
Origin of cost-plus
1915-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • In fact, the high cost is a direct result of the government's cost-plus procurement approach.
  • cost-plus was the original model and channeled excess funding into extra hospitals, machineries and inefficient mergers.
  • It'd only make sense to over-estimate and then come in under if it was a cost-plus contract to begin with.
  • The only real question is whether those contracts are cost-plus with endless cost overruns, or whether they'll be fixed price.
  • cost-plus fee contracts are common in the construction industry.
  • Similar to cost-plus-time bidding, lane rental provides a contractual incentive for early completion.
British Dictionary definitions for cost-plus


  1. a method of establishing a selling price in which an agreed percentage is added to the cost price to cover profit
  2. (as modifier): cost-plus pricing
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