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Unit of Account

A measure of an amount of money. Units of account, for example, divide one dollar into 100 cents or one pound into 100 pence. Units of account are somewhat arbitrary, but are necessary to measure value and price fairly.

unit of account

see MONEY.

unit of account

an attribute of MONEY that enables people to use money to measure and record the value of GOODS and SERVICES and financial transactions. A unit of account may take a physical form, for example CURRENCY, or may be an intangible ‘book-keeping’ asset such as the SPECIAL DRAWING RIGHT and the EUROPEAN CURRENCY UNIT.