unearned increment

  1. 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.

Origin of unearned increment

First recorded in 1870–75

Words Nearby unearned increment

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How to use unearned increment in a sentence

  • We had both been working very hard, and it was your unearned increment we spent, and as you're only a loafer it didn't matter.'

    The Light That Failed | Rudyard Kipling

British Dictionary definitions for unearned increment

unearned increment

  1. a rise in the market value of landed property resulting from general economic factors

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