Suppose a group of researchers claimed that they were working on 7G technology, and someone said, "It costs nothing to say you're working on something so advanced. What could "cost" mean here?

I'm considering which of the two senses given by Merriam-Webster is relevant:

a. to cause (someone) to lose something

b. to cause (someone) to experience something unpleasant

I'd appreciate your help.

  • IMO, it is closer to (b). It's implying/suggesting that an action should be done because no bad thing will happen anyway.
    – shin
    Nov 18, 2019 at 10:30

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Neither. It's talking about cost in the sense of money or effort.

  • I've changed the example. Would you reconsider your reply?
    – Apollyon
    Nov 18, 2019 at 8:37
  • No, although the new example isn't something anyone would actually say. Nov 18, 2019 at 8:42

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