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externality  

Definition 1.

The side effect on an individual or entity due to the actions of another individual or entity. For example, the production of energy in a nuclear power plant benefits the owners of the power plant, but creates externalities in the form of radioactive waste for the environment and its inhabitants.
 

Definition 2.

A consequence, whether positive or negative, of an economic activity that is experienced by unrelated third parties.
 
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