sliding scale
noun Date: 1842 1. a wage scale geared to the selling price of the product or to the consumer price index but usually guaranteeing a minimum below which the wage will not fall 2. a. a system for raising or lowering tariffs in accord with price changes b. a flexible scale (as of fees or subsidies) adjusted to the needs or income of individuals <
the sliding scale of medical fees
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  • sliding scale — n [C usually singular] a system for calculating how much you pay for taxes, medical treatment etc, in which the amount that you pay changes according to different conditions on a sliding scale ▪ Fees are calculated on a sliding scale …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • sliding scale — sliding scales N COUNT: usu sing, oft N of n, on a N Payments such as wages or taxes that are calculated on a sliding scale are higher or lower depending on various different factors. Many practitioners have a sliding scale of fees for those who… …   English dictionary

  • sliding scale — ► NOUN ▪ a scale of fees, wages, etc., that varies in accordance with the variation of some standard …   English terms dictionary

  • sliding scale — n. a standard or schedule, as of costs, wages, fees, tariff rates, etc., that varies in accordance with given conditions or standards, as cost of living, level of income, etc …   English World dictionary

  • sliding scale — noun a wage scale that fluctuates in response to the cost of living index • Hypernyms: ↑wage scale, ↑wage schedule * * * noun, pl ⋯ scales [count] : a system in which the amount that people are required to pay in fees, taxes, etc., changes… …   Useful english dictionary

  • sliding scale — UK [ˌslaɪdɪŋ ˈskeɪl] / US noun [countable] Word forms sliding scale : singular sliding scale plural sliding scales a system of making payments or paying taxes where the amount that you pay changes according to a fixed set of rates The doctor has… …   English dictionary

  • sliding scale — slid|ing scale [ ,slaıdıŋ skeıl ] noun count a system of making payments or paying taxes where the amount you pay changes according to a fixed set of rates: The doctor has a sliding scale of fees based on patients income …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • sliding scale — 1. a variable scale, esp. 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… …   Universalium

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