time taken to execute query

Is there a way to determine the approximate time it would take to execute a particular query(of course without actually executing the query)?Some of our users complianed about time outs, since the amount of returned data is enormous.so..I would like to prompt them with a message saying that the processing time for their query is xxx secs/mins.

thanks in advance
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Short of something like:

<<User query>>

and some interpretation of the output based on comparisons with queries with roughly known execution times, I don't think so.

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" since the amount of returned data is enormous.so"   Do they actually need all the data you are returning?

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