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sliding scale

noun
1.
a variable scale, especially of industrial costs, as wages, that may be adapted to changes in demand.
2.
a wage scale varying with the selling price of goods produced, the cost of living, or profits.
3.
a price scale, as of medical fees, in which prices vary according to the ability of individuals to pay.
4.
a tariff scale varying according to changing prices.
Origin
1700-1710
1700-10
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British Dictionary definitions for sliding-scale

sliding scale

noun
1.
a variable scale according to which specified wages, tariffs, prices, etc, fluctuate in response to changes in some other factor, standard, or conditions
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sliding scale definition


A set of rates that change according to a mathematical formula. The income tax, for example, is levied on a sliding scale, with the rich paying a higher percentage than the poor.

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