the increase in the value of property, especially land, due to natural causes, as growth of population, rather than to any labor or expenditure by the owner.
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Origin of unearned increment
First recorded in 1870–75
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British Dictionary definitions for unearned increment
a rise in the market value of landed property resulting from general economic factors
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