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The current cost of replacing an asset with an equivalent asset.
replacement costthe cost of replacing a FIXED ASSET (such as an item of machinery) or STOCK. Unlike HISTORIC COST – the original cost of acquiring an asset – replacement cost makes due allowance for the effects of INFLATION in increasing asset prices over time. Prudence requires that stocks are valued in a company's accounts at historic or replacement cost, whichever is the lower. See also REVALUATION PROVISION, INFLATION ACCOUNTING, APPRECIATION, definition 1.
replacement costthe cost of replacing an ASSET (such as an item of machinery). Unlike HISTORIC COST - the original cost of acquiring an asset - replacement cost makes due allowance for the effects of INFLATION in increasing asset prices over time. See also INFLATION ACCOUNTING, APPRECIATION 2.
(1) In appraisal,the cost to erect a new building substantially similar to the current one. (2) In insurance,the cost to purchase a new item substantially similar to the one damaged, destroyed,or stolen. Contrast with fair market value.