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real wages

[ree-uh l, reel]
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plural noun Economics.
  1. wages estimated not in money but in purchasing power.
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Compare nominal wages.

Origin of real wages

First recorded in 1880–85
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British Dictionary definitions for real wages

real wages

pl n
  1. economics wages evaluated with reference to their purchasing power rather than to the money actually paidCompare money wages
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real wages in Culture

real wages

Wages adjusted for the prevailing level of consumer prices. (See also constant dollars.)

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