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accounting (n.)

"reckoning of numbers," late 14c., verbal noun from account (v.). From 1855 as "management of financial affairs." Phrase no accounting for tastes (1823) translates Latin de gustibus non est disputandum, from account (v.) in the "give an explanation" sense.

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Definitions of accounting from WordNet

accounting (n.)
a convincing explanation that reveals basic causes;
he was unable to give a clear accounting for his actions
accounting (n.)
a system that provides quantitative information about finances;
accounting (n.)
the occupation of maintaining and auditing records and preparing financial reports for a business;
Synonyms: accountancy
accounting (n.)
a bookkeeper's chronological list of related debits and credits of a business; forms part of a ledger of accounts;
Synonyms: accounting system / method of accounting
accounting (n.)
a statement of recent transactions and the resulting balance;
they send me an accounting every month
Synonyms: account / account statement
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