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slid·ing scale

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  1. sliding scalenoun

    a wage scale that fluctuates in response to the cost-of-living index


  1. sliding scale

    Sliding scale fees are variable prices for products, services, or taxes based on a customer's ability to pay. Such fees are thereby reduced for those who have lower incomes, or alternatively, less money to spare after their personal expenses, regardless of income. Sliding scale fees are a form of price discrimination or differential pricing. A business or organization may have various motivations for pricing a product or service on a sliding scale. These may include the desire to be charitable to those less able to afford the product or service, their ability to get a tax deduction for offering their services as charity, their ability to benefit from the revenue even from a partial payment, their retention of a longtime customer/client, or referrals that such a customer/client may provide. For example, healthcare providers sometime offer a sliding scale of fees to patients. Some child-adoption agencies collect legal fees (normally very expensive) on a sliding scale, so that couples across a wider range of incomes are able to adopt children. Sliding-scale fees are also often charged by lawyers, places of worship, and for tuition at educational institutions.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sliding scale in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sliding scale in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of sliding scale in a Sentence

  1. Rebekah Tromble:

    There’s been no conversation with the affected community, $100 a month is affordable to scholars at Ivy League institutions; it’s not affordable to under-resourced academic and civil-society researchers. If Twitter had that community in mind, it would be absolutely appropriate for them to reach out and have some conversations and perhaps introduce a sliding scale approach to this.

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