Define: Uncontrollable Costs

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Definition: Uncontrollable Costs


Quick Summary of Uncontrollable Costs


An uncontrollable cost is an expense over which a person has no direct control.



What is the dictionary definition of Uncontrollable Costs?

Dictionary Definition


Uncontrollable Costs (also known as non-controllable costs) are items of expenditure appearing on a manager’s management accounting statement that are not able to be controlled or influenced by that management level.

Costs regarded as uncontrollable by one managerial level may, however, be controllable by a higher level of management.

There’s always the potential for disagreement over whether a cost is controllable or not. Correctly identifying non-controllable costs is useful from a performance analysis perspective.


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Full Definition of Uncontrollable Costs


An uncontrollable cost is an expense over which a person has no direct control. The concept most frequently applies to the manager of a department, whose departmental expenses may include several line items which he has an inability to alter.


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Definition Sources


Definitions for Uncontrollable Costs are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

This glossary post was last updated: 3rd December, 2019