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English definition of “sunk cost”

sunk cost

noun [C, usually plural]
 
 
ACCOUNTING
money that a company has already spent or invested in a particular project, etc. and that it cannot get back: Most investment expenditures are largely irreversible - sunk costs that cannot be recovered if market conditions turn out to be worse than expected.
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