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paper lossnoun [C or U]

uk   us   ACCOUNTING
a ​loss in the ​value of an ​investment, etc. that appears in ​accounts, but that does not involve a ​realloss of ​cash, for ​exampleshares that have ​fallen in ​value but that have not been ​sold: The US ​bankinggiant was facing a ​paperloss of about $37.5 million. Some of the thousands of ​privateinvestors sitting on ​bigpaperlosses could still get their ​money back.
(Definition of paper loss from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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