sliding scale

noun

Definition of sliding scale

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 a : a system for raising or lowering tariffs in accord with price changes
b : 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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First Known Use of sliding scale

1842


SLIDING SCALE Defined for English Language Learners

sliding scale

noun

Definition of sliding scale for English Language Learners

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


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