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trial balance

noun, Bookkeeping.
a statement of all the open debit and credit items, made preliminary to balancing a double-entry ledger.
Origin of trial balance
1830-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The beginning trial balance and outstanding orders are illustrated.
  • The first step is to identify all capital accounts on the working trial balance for the subsidiary.
  • Also, submit the working trial balance of the facility with the cost report.
  • The preclosing trial balance figures should be the basis for each line item.
  • The examiner should obtain an adjusted trial balance.
British Dictionary definitions for trial balance

trial balance

(accounting) a statement of all the debit and credit balances in the ledger of a double-entry system, drawn up to test their equality
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