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[kuh n-troh-ler; spelling pronunciation komp-troh-ler]
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  1. controller(def 1).
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Origin of comptroller

by confusion with compt
Related formscomp·trol·ler·ship, noun
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  1. a variant spelling of controller, used esp as a title of any of various financial executives
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Derived Formscomptrollership, noun
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Word Origin and History for comptroller


c.1500, variant of controller, with bad spelling due to influence of unrelated French compte "an account," from Latin computare.

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