cost-effective ˌcost-efˈfective adjective
bringing the best possible advantages in relation to costs:

• Private banking isn't cost-effective for the consumer with less than about $200,000, as those customers can get most basic services at lower fees from regular banks.

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cost-effective UK US /ˌkɒstɪˈfektiv/ adjective (also cost-efficient)
cost-effective methods or processes bring the greatest possible advantage or profit when the amount that is spent is considered: »

In many cases outsourcing jobs has been shown to be not cost-effective.


cost-effective measures/plans/programmes

cost-effectiveness noun [U] (also cost efficiency)

We need to determine the cost-effectiveness of these emerging technologies.

cost-effectively adverb

How do you promote and sell your product cost-effectively?

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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