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economic rent

the return on a productive resource, as land or labor, that is greater than the amount necessary to keep the resource producing or on a product in excess of what would have been the return except for some unique factor.
Origin of economic rent
1885-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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British Dictionary definitions for economic-rent

economic rent

(economics) a payment to a factor of production (land, labour, or capital) in excess of that needed to keep it in its present use
(in Britain) the rent of a dwelling based on recouping the costs of providing it plus a profit sufficient to motivate the landlord to let it
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