double entry

noun

Definition of double entry 

: a method of bookkeeping that recognizes both sides of a business transaction by debiting the amount of the transaction to one account and crediting it to another account so the total debits equal the total credits

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The other two, published in 16th-century Antwerp and London, reflect double entry’s movement west across Europe. Jane Gleeson-white, WSJ, "‘The Big Four’ Review: Titans of the Books," 23 Sep. 2018 It was named for the Medici Bank of Florence — a pioneer of the double entry bookkeeping that revolutionized money and banking in the Renaissance. New York Times, "From Furniture to Cryptocurrency — Overstock Is on a Journey," 27 June 2018 The gravel driveway leads to a lower-level, two-car garage, and also winds past a cobblestone walkway leading to double entry doors topped by a half-moon window. New York Times, "House Hunting in … Portugal," 6 June 2018

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1741, in the meaning defined above

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