- The definition of accounting is the process of systematically recording and managing financial accounts.
Preparing a Profit and Loss Statement is an example of accounting.
accounting definition by Webster's New World
- the principles or practice of systematically recording, presenting, and interpreting financial accounts
- a statement of debits and credits
- a settling or balancing of accounts
accounting definition by American Heritage Dictionary
accounting - Cultural Definition
The system of recording and auditing business transactions. (See audit.)
accounting - Investment & Finance Definition
A system that measures, organizes, and communicates financial information about a specific business, government, or other entity.Webster's New World Finance and Investment Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
accounting - Legal Definition
- The act or a system of establishing how the assets of a business, estate, trust, or other similar entity were managed and disposed of.
- In equity, a legal action to require one, usually a fiduciary or a constructive trustee, to account for and pay over funds held by them but owed to another. See also account.
- In equity, a legal action for the recovery of funds owed for services performed, property sold, money loaned, or for damage for the incomplete performance of minor contracts. See also account.
- A legal action to complete or settle all of a partnership’s affairs. Usually done in connection with the dissolution of the partnership or with allegations of a partner’s misconduct. See also winding up.