sliding scale

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noun

a variable scale, especially of industrial costs, as wages, that may be adapted to changes in demand.
a wage scale varying with the selling price of goods produced, the cost of living, or profits.
a price scale, as of medical fees, in which prices vary according to the ability of individuals to pay.
a tariff scale varying according to changing prices.

Nearby words

  1. sliding fit,
  2. sliding flap,
  3. sliding friction,
  4. sliding hernia,
  5. sliding rule,
  6. sliding seat,
  7. sliding vector,
  8. slidingly,
  9. slier,
  10. sliest

Origin of sliding scale

First recorded in 1700–10

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British Dictionary definitions for sliding scale

sliding scale

noun

a variable scale according to which specified wages, tariffs, prices, etc, fluctuate in response to changes in some other factor, standard, or conditions
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Culture definitions for sliding scale

sliding scale

A set of rates that change according to a mathematical formula. The income tax, for example, is levied on a sliding scale, with the rich paying a higher percentage than the poor.

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