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English definition of “sliding scale”

sliding scale

noun [C, usually singular]     TAX, ACCOUNTING, FINANCE
a system for deciding payments or rates so that they change in relation to particular conditions: He is considering a sliding scale of fees for wealthier families based on their income.on a sliding scale Large gifts of capital are taxed on a sliding scale if you die within seven years of giving.
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