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[uh-koun-tn-see] /əˈkaʊn tn si/
the art or practice of an accountant.
Origin of accountancy
1850-55; accountan(t) + -cy Unabridged
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  • Even chief financial officers have largely abandoned accountancy qualifications.
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British Dictionary definitions for accountancy


the profession or business of an accountant
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Word Origin and History for accountancy

1854, from accountant + -cy.

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