Definition of cost-of-living index in English:

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cost-of-living index

Pronunciation: /ˌkästəvˈliviNG inˌdeks/
(abbreviation CLI)


Former term for consumer price index.
Example sentences
  • Billions of dollars are at stake, and large political constituencies influence and are influenced by choices of indices such as a cost-of-living index.
  • The first is its challenge to the view that a cost-of-living index should be the concept underlying the Consumer Price Index.
  • Therefore, Table 2 contains additional versions employing a state cost-of-living index.

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Syllabification: cost-of-liv·ing in·dex

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