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unearned increment

the increase in the value of property, especially land, due to natural causes, as growth of population, rather than to any labor or expenditure by the owner.
Origin of unearned increment
1870-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • And unearned increment is an inevitable outcome and an invariable characteristic of the private ownership of land.

    Britain for the British Robert Blatchford
  • He was deprived by it of nothing except, perhaps, an "unearned increment."

    Between the Lines Henry Bascom Smith
  • There's another little surplus of unearned increment piling up there, 'Tave.

    Whirligigs O. Henry
  • At present they are for many novelists a source of unearned increment.

    While I Remember Stephen McKenna
  • If any one else gets money in this way they call it an unearned increment.

    Treading the Narrow Way R. E. Barrett
  • They discounted the unearned increment for a generation to come.

    Bransford of Rainbow Range Eugene Manlove Rhodes
  • It is unearned increment which forces up the death-rate and fosters all manner of disease and vice.

    Britain for the British Robert Blatchford
  • I reminded Margaret that she was not altogether innocent of unearned increment.

    The New Machiavelli Herbert George Wells
  • This scheme is commonly known as the appropriation of future unearned increment.

    Distributive Justice John A. (John Augustine) Ryan
  • The loss to society of the unearned increment is trivial compared to the loss of the undiscovered resource.

British Dictionary definitions for unearned increment

unearned increment

a rise in the market value of landed property resulting from general economic factors
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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