Economic Definition of cost minimization. Defined.
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Term cost minimization Definition: The process or goal of incurring the least possible opportunity cost in the pursuit of a given activity. Cost minimization is comparable to other objectives, including utility maximization and profit maximization. This goal, however, is generally used when circumstances constrain a decision. For example, a government agency has been assigned the task of building a bridge. It must now do so at the lowest cost possible.