amortization

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English amortisen (to kill, alienate in mortmain), from Anglo-Norman amorteser, alteration of Old French amortir, from Vulgar Latin *admortire (to kill), from Latin ad- and mors, mortem (death).

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  • (UK) IPA(key): /əˌmɔːtəˈzeɪʃən/, /əˌmɔːtaɪˈzeɪʃən/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˌæmɚtəˈzeɪʃən/, /əˌmɔɹtəˈzeɪʃən/

Noun[edit]

amortization (countable and uncountable, plural amortizations)

  1. The reduction of loan principal over a series of payments.
  2. The distribution of the cost of an intangible asset, such as an intellectual property right, over the projected useful life of the asset.

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