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differentialnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˌdɪf.əˈren.ʃəl/

differentialadjective

uk   us   /ˌdɪf.əˈren.ʃəl/
(Definition of differential from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"differential" in American English

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differentialnoun [C]

 us   /ˌdɪf·əˈren·ʃəl/
the ​difference between two ​amounts: There’s ​anywhere from a $1000 to $2400 ​price differential between the ​vehicles.
differential
adjective  us   /ˌdɪf·əˈren·ʃəl/
The ​contractincludes a 35-cent ​perhourincrease in ​nightshift differential ​pay.
(Definition of differential from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"differential" in Business English

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differentialnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˌdɪfəˈrenʃəl/
HR a difference in ​pay between different ​industries or between ​groups of ​employees within an ​organization: a ​pay/​wage/​salary differential maintain/reduce/justify a differential In ​order to ​maintain differentials we ​propose a 3% ​increase for all ​paygrades.
ECONOMICS, COMMERCE a difference in an ​amount, for ​example, a difference in ​price between the same ​productsold in different ​areas: a price/cost differential The ​company is ​free to ​maintain the ​price differential between a ​lowpricemarket such as the USA and a high ​pricemarket such as the UK. When the interestrate differential between the ​euro and other ​currencieschanges, ​foreignexchangedealersreact.
STOCK MARKET an ​extrachargeadded to the ​price of ​shares when they are ​sold in a ​quantity that is less than the usual ​quantity: The differential for odd ​lots (fewer than 100 ​shares) is ​added to the ​price for the ​purchaser.

differentialadjective

uk   us  
treating different ​groups of ​people or things differently: The WTO ​recognizes the need for differential ​treatment for ​developing countries.
differentially
adverb /ˌdɪfəˈrenʃəli/
Differentially ​pricedpharmaceuticals are ​priced at a ​lowerrate for ​developing countries.
(Definition of differential from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “differential”
in Chinese (Simplified) 差距, 差额…
in Turkish ayrım, farklılık, değişiklik…
in Russian разница…
in Chinese (Traditional) 差距, 差額…
in Polish zróżnicowanie…
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