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1. An amount paid or required in payment for a purchase; a price.
2. The expenditure of something, such as time or labor, necessary for the attainment of a goal: "Freedom to advocate unpopular causes does not require that such advocacy be without cost" (Milton Friedman).
3. costs Law Charges incurred in bringing litigation, including court fees and charges that may be payable by the losing party, but usually not including attorneys' fees.
v. cost, cost·ing, costs
To require a specified payment, expenditure, effort, or loss: It costs more to live in the city.
1. To have as a price.
2. To cause to lose, suffer, or sacrifice: Participating in the strike cost me my job.
3. past tense and past participle costed To estimate or determine the cost of: The accountants costed out our expenses.
at all costs
Regardless of the expense or effort involved; by any means.

[Middle English, from Old French, from coster, to cost, from Latin cōnstāre, to be fixed, cost; see constant.]

cost′less adj.
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Adj.1.costless - costing nothing; "complimentary tickets"; "free admission"
unpaid - not paid; "unpaid wages"; "an unpaid bill"
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He referred to services such as Facebook Advertisement Manager and Google Trends that can provide costless qualitative and quantitative data by age and gender.
As a practically costless medium of exchange, CBDC would enhance the efficiency of the payments system.
Others are "open to hearing ideas they disagree with." Jaffer reminds us that speech isn't "costless. We protect it because it can be powerful" and dangerous.
"But by vastly expanding central banks' balance sheets, QE is hardly costless or risk-free," Roubini says.
The report argues that "it is crucial to get the policy mix right" and it "will require concerted and careful efforts by policymakers at the national and global levels." "Policymakers should adjust the policy mix to deliver a stronger path for long-term and inclusive growth while avoiding politically expedient but ultimately counterproductive inward-looking policies," it asserted American policy makers should "vigilantly monitor increased leverage and deteriorating credit quality." While emerging market economies should "address domestic vulnerabilities to enhance their resilience to external shocks." "While regulation is never costless, neither is its removal; weakening regulatory standards comes at the cost of higher financial stability risks," the IMF asserted.
From an economic perspective, adjustment is most certainly not costless. Market economies, to deliver acceptable performance, require that all adjustment are generally "costless." Notice in the above examples that there may be no possible adjustments to be chosen.
In the third chapter, Catherine Tucker and Amalia Miller analyze the consequences of patient data becoming virtually costless to store, share, and individualize, showing how data management and privacy issues have become important considerations in health policy.
Yet, these policy documents do not refer in detail to the three conditions of a contestable market: that entry of new firmsis costless, the market is susceptible to hit-and-run entry and entry is reversible (Shepherd 1984: 1995).
A utilitarian government cannot sustain debt if default is costless. If default is costly, debt with default risk is sustainable, and debt falls as the concentration of debt ownership rises.
He categorically said it was an obvious fact that minimum numbers of women were approaching to DRC despite the fact that it was swift, unprejudiced and costless resolution.
"It's costless," he concludes, "and it's the easiest way to get a multiplier today."