Definition of disbenefit in English:



  • A disadvantage or loss resulting from something.

    ‘an environmental disbenefit to the area of Teesside’
    • ‘This results in mutual disbenefit to all concerned; progress is limited, slow, and falls well short of what is achievable.’
    • ‘It is generally accepted that public transit produces many benefits and disbenefits that are difficult to measure and value.’
    • ‘It is demonstrated that the amount of enabling development is the minimum necessary to secure the future of the heritage asset, and that its form minimises disbenefits.’
    • ‘What we want to find out is to explore all the points of view, the advantages and the disadvantages, the benefits and disbenefits, people's hopes, aspirations.’
    • ‘I have carefully balanced the visual improvements offered by the proposal against the disbenefits and other considerations discussed above.’
    • ‘Clearly, all of these changes have benefits and disbenefits.’
    • ‘Given the right information, disbenefits such as the cost to passengers of hours lost can be factored into plans for new machines.’
    • ‘In addition the need to empty cesspools on a regular basis is a considerable environment disbenefit.’
    • ‘In my opinion, it is important to look at the benefits and disbenefits of a universal ban on smoking in public places.’
    • ‘The agency has argued that its scheme is superior to all the alternatives put forward and that the overall benefits far outweigh any disbenefits.’
    • ‘Traffic disbenefits will have to be balanced against the regeneration of this site and any other planning or community benefits which may accrue.’
    • ‘Then on the other sheet the judge should write any counter-balancing disbenefits to the applicant.’
    • ‘The group supports this bill and is glad to see that it will go the Law and Order Committee, where there are many fine members who can well evaluate the merit and the disbenefits of the bill.’
    • ‘We all felt that there ought to be certain freedoms that came with the benefits and disbenefits of employment law.’
    • ‘That is not, however, to say that they do not understand that this is contentious ethical territory; simply, they gauge the benefits and disbenefits to be potentially weighted in favour of the benefits.’
    • ‘I suggest that it has done that for good reason, because there are substantial disbenefits associated with this legislation.’
    • ‘I am no fan of euthanasia, but in this case I believe that there is a small benefit with no corresponding disbenefit in terms of precedent.’
    • ‘No data were available on any likely disbenefit resulting from designing for the higher crash test and further research is warranted to confirm this.’
    • ‘Individuals may experience considerable personal risk and costs to reach health services; if quality is poor this is a net disbenefit to all involved.’
    • ‘The purpose of this consultation is to set out our appraisal of both the benefits and the disbenefits of the options for additional airport capacity, and to seek views on those options in the light of this information.’
    drawback, snag, downside, stumbling block, catch, pitfall, fly in the ointment
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