trial balance

noun

: a list of the debit and credit balances of accounts in a double-entry ledger at a given date prepared primarily to test their equality

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web There was no bank record or trial balance that could be used to verify that Sloan’s total assets exceeded the $5,000 net capital requirement for broker-dealers at the time. J.c. Hallman, The New Republic, 11 June 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1838, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of trial balance was in 1838

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Cite this Entry

“Trial balance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/trial%20balance. Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

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