sliding scale


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
2a : 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

Examples of sliding scale in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Those earning more than $100,000 but less than $150,000 are eligible for grants on a sliding scale, ranging as low as $200. Keith M. Phaneuf, Hartford Courant, 12 Aug. 2022 Last year’s event sold tickets on a sliding scale, and this year the festival is open to the public. Jeff Ihaza, Rolling Stone, 21 July 2022 Their work is done on a sliding scale -- those who can afford to, pay market rate, which then enables the team to do many projects at reduced or no cost. Kathleen Toner, CNN, 19 May 2022 Another option is to inquire whether or not a therapist offers services on a sliding scale, which are rates that are dependent on an individual’s income. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, 7 Mar. 2022 Maybe not necessarily the success, because success comes on a sliding scale. Annie Zaleski, Variety, 14 July 2022 For assistance with dental care, Michigan residents can visit to find dental clinics that offer payment on a sliding scale and accept Medicaid. Eve Sampson, Detroit Free Press, 12 June 2022 The plan would provide refunds on a sliding scale based on three income levels: An individual who earns up to $75,000 a year would receive a $350 refund, which would double to $700 for joint filers earning as much as $150,000. Los Angeles Times, 27 June 2022 Today, mental health apps, non-profit clinics with sliding scale fees, and mental health awareness initiatives are helping to fill the gap. Nikki Brown,, 9 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of sliding scale

1842, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Last Updated

15 Aug 2022

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“Sliding scale.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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