Acceptable Loss

An acceptable loss is a sacrifice that is deemed an acceptable cost of doing business. For instance, a church may deem the loss of members who disagree with an evangelical shift to be acceptable if the alternative is to forgo other goals. Anticipated casualties in a military campaign may be held to be acceptable losses as well. A terrorist group may consider the loss of its own members in suicide attacks to be acceptable losses needed to accomplish the mission. The implications of the term may be summed up as "What are we willing to lose to achieve a goal?" During military battles, field commanders are prepared to accept the loss of up to 33% of their troops during combat.

Famous quotes containing the words loss and/or acceptable:

    If but some vengeful god would call to me
    From up the sky, and laugh: “Thou suffering thing,
    Know that thy sorrow is my ecstasy,
    That thy love’s loss is my hate’s profiting!”
    Thomas Hardy (1840–1928)

    For decades child development experts have erroneously directed parents to sing with one voice, a unison chorus of values, politics, disciplinary and loving styles. But duets have greater harmonic possibilities and are more interesting to listen to, so long as cacophony or dissonance remains at acceptable levels.
    Kyle D. Pruett (20th century)