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To allocate the purchase cost of an asset over its life.


The gradual reduction of an asset's value. It is an expense, but because it is non-cash, it is often effectively a tax write-off; that is, a person or company usually may reduce his/her/its taxable income by the amount of the depreciation on the asset. Because there are many different ways to account depreciation, it often bears only a rough resemblance to the asset's useful life. This may further benefit the company as they may continue to use the asset tax-free after its value has technically depreciated to nothing. See also: Amortization.


To reduce the value of a long-term tangible asset.
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According to Taylor, "A person or group of people can suffer real damage, real distortion, if the people or society around them mirror back to them a confining or demeaning or contemptible picture of themselves." (5) This could occur in various forms but is most intractable when, as a result of long suffering, such a depreciatory image projected by others becomes internalized.
(7) The depreciatory sense of 'imperialoide' has to be measured, instead, in relation to Pessoa's theory of imperialism and to the positive notion of empire it implies.
"Gaffer" was once a term of endearment, quite unlike its modern depreciatory censure of the old man (Fischer, 1978).
It was not till the sale had run to over a hundred thousand copies that the reaction began, and the reaction was led off by the London 'Times.' Instantly, as by a preconcerted signal, all papers of a certain class began to abuse; and some who had at first issued articles entirely commendatory, now issued others equally depreciatory." See Charles Stowe, The Life of Harriet Beecher Stowe (Boston: Houghton, Mifflin, and Company, 1890), 168.
Turkish domestic prices, the money supply, and German interest rates should have a positive (depreciatory) effect on the TL/DM exchange rate, while Turkish output and German prices should have a negative (appreci atory) effect on the Turkish lira.
The rhetoric describing asylum seekers is depreciatory, pejorative, and clearly racist.
Its land is narrow and its people few." [57] That Wei could refer to Shu Han as a state without a depreciatory adjective attached can be seen in the following example.
Such roundly depreciatory pronouncements were warmly welcomed by political and constitutional historians who were loath to grant much significance to a demographic phenomenon, but more importantly they reinforced the predilections of those sympathetic to the rapidly mounting influence of the social sciences on economic and social history, and on the medieval period in particular.
Castle lives in a more polite coffee world than some for in "Coffee Business Terminology Made Simple", another section that informs and tickets simultaneously, he indicates that "Conniving Scoundrel" is the depreciatory sobriquet of choice in coffee I guess we just don't know the same folks.
The Ghanaian current account deficit will remain wide in 2015 and 2016, and this, combined with weak investment inflows, will continue to exert depreciatory pressure on the Ghanaian cedi.