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depreciation

[dih-pree-shee-ey-shuh n] /dɪˌpri ʃiˈeɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
decrease in value due to wear and tear, decay, decline in price, etc.
2.
such a decrease as allowed in computing the value of property for tax purposes.
3.
a decrease in the purchasing or exchange value of money.
4.
a lowering in estimation.
Origin
1730-1740
1730-40, Americanism; depreciate + -ion
Related forms
nondepreciation, noun
predepreciation, noun
redepreciation, noun
underdepreciation, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for depreciations

depreciation

/dɪˌpriːʃɪˈeɪʃən/
noun
1.
(accounting)
  1. the reduction in value of a fixed asset due to use, obsolescence, etc
  2. the amount deducted from gross profit to allow for such reduction in value
2.
(accounting) a modified amount permitted for purposes of tax deduction
3.
the act or an instance of depreciating or belittling; disparagement
4.
a decrease in the exchange value of currency against gold or other currencies brought about by excess supply of that currency under conditions of fluctuating exchange rates Compare devaluation (sense 1)
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Word Origin and History for depreciations

depreciation

n.

1767, "a lowering of value" (originally of currency), noun of action from depreciate. Meaning "loss of value of a durable good by age or wear" is from 1900.

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depreciations in Culture
depreciation [(di-pree-shee-ay-shuhn)]

A decline over time in the value of a tangible asset, such as a house or car.

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