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unearned income

noun [U]
 
 
(also investment income)
FINANCE, TAX income that comes from investment in shares, bonds, etc. rather than from a salary or the sale of goods, etc.: The company could lose as much as £15m in unearned income. → Compare earned income
(Definition of unearned income from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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