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direct cost

a cost that can be related directly to the production of a product or to a particular function or service.
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Origin of direct cost
1895-1900 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • She thinks this spending will expand the country's health outlays even more than the direct cost to the federal exchequer.
  • And as mentioned, this is only the direct cost to taxpayers.
  • In addition to the direct cost of the products, there are indirect costs.
  • To calculate the indirect cost of this injury or illness, multiply the direct cost by a cost multiplier.

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