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1. Of or related to the low cost of a good, service, or security. A lowball cost is determined by comparing the cost to similar goods, services, and securities. Lowball costs may indicate a low quality in the good, service, or security.

2. Informal; to make an offer to buy something for an exceptionally low price. For example, if the asking price on a house is $200,000, a potential buyer may lowball the seller by offering $125,000.
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Of, relating to, or being an unrealistically low bid. Compare pricey.
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The full analysis of how the IPCC has lowballed its estimate of sea-level rise, from when the IPCC report was released in 2007, is here.
Richard Foster, an obscure actuary at Health and Human Services, popped up a few weeks after O'Neill to reveal that the actual cost of Bush's Medicare drug bill was concealed by the Administration, which lowballed Congress by $150 billion.
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However, as per Ariel Helwani of ESPN on Sunday, Diaz has denied a fight agreement with Masvidal or any other fighter, and feels he was being lowballed into making a return.