[ ree-uh l, reel ]
/ ˈri əl, ril /
plural noun Economics.
wages estimated not in money but in purchasing power.
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Origin of real wages
First recorded in 1880–85
Words nearby real wages
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British Dictionary definitions for real wages
economics wages evaluated with reference to their purchasing power rather than to the money actually paidCompare money wages
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Cultural definitions for real wages
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