trial balance

a list of all balances in the ledger at a given time. Glossary of Business Terms

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trial balance UK US noun [C, usually singular] (ABBREVIATION t.b.) ACCOUNTING
in double-entry bookkeeping, the act of adding the credit and debit columns of all accounts to check that they are equal in order to show that the accounts are correct: »

The trial balance will fail to balance if both aspects of a transaction are not recorded.


Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • trial balance — Fin a list of account balances in a double entry accounting system. If the records have been correctly maintained, the sum of the debit balances will equal the sum of the credit balances, although certain errors such as the omission of a… …   The ultimate business dictionary

  • trial balance — noun a balance of debits and credits in double entry bookkeeping; drawn up to test their equality • Hypernyms: ↑balance …   Useful english dictionary

  • trial balance — / traɪəl ˌbæləns/ noun the draft calculation of debits and credits to see if they balance …   Marketing dictionary in english

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