margin of safety

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Noun1.margin of safety - the margin required in order to insure safetymargin of safety - the margin required in order to insure safety; "in engineering the margin of safety is the strength of the material minus the anticipated stress"
margin - an amount beyond the minimum necessary; "the margin of victory"
index - a numerical scale used to compare variables with one another or with some reference number
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As it was, her margin of safety was next to negligible, for as she swung nimbly to the lower branches the creature in pursuit of her crashed among the foliage almost upon her as it sprang upward to seize her.
You'll rarely buy a stock at its bottom, but as long as you build in a satisfactory margin of safety, by buying at a price considerably lower than the stock's intrinsic value, then you'll likely do well.
If all you want to calculate is the breakeven point and margin of safety, then you could use a more condensed version.
We are restoring a reasonable margin of safety today, rather than risking a loss of confidence tomorrow.
To see what margin of safety the bees have, Tan and his research colleagues presented tethered wasps to six colonies each of native Asian bees and European bees.
Engineers control risk by designing equipment with a margin of safety.
Increased [vehicle] weight worsens handling, and deteriorates acceleration and passing ability which reduce the margin of safety in overtaking and highway maneuvers.
The Safe Drinking Water Act requires that the health-based standard be set at a level to prevent any known or anticipated adverse health effect, with an adequate margin of safety.
If we buy stock below a company's intrinsic value, we get an automatic margin of safety.