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sliding scale

noun

Simple Definition of sliding scale

  • : a system in which the amount that people are required to pay in fees, taxes, etc., changes according to different situations or conditions

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of sliding scale

  1. 1 :  a wage scale geared to the selling price of the product or to the consumer price index but usually guaranteeing a minimum below which the wage will not fall

  2. 2a :  a system for raising or lowering tariffs in accord with price changesb :  a flexible scale (as of fees or subsidies) adjusted to the needs or income of individuals <the sliding scale of medical fees>


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