real income

[ree-uhl, reel]
noun
the amount of goods and services that money income will buy.

Origin:
1925–30

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real income definition


Income measured in terms of the goods and services it can buy.

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Example sentences
But as some readers noted, real income has increased as well over the years.
Government officials repeatedly reported eye-popping real income growth figures.
If real income falls, real consumption must fall faster.
Real income is going down primarily because the bank is printing inflation.
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