Definition of disposable income in US English:

disposable income


  • Income remaining after deduction of taxes and other mandatory charges, available to be spent or saved as one wishes.

    ‘the rents of tenants in work reached 21 percent of disposable income’
    • ‘That most people would have higher disposable income under a system of property rights is nice.’
    • ‘People with lower incomes and less disposable income look for ways to get more bulk from their purchases.’
    • ‘Dining out and regular travelling have eaten into our disposable income, but it's been money well spent.’
    • ‘Sweeney said the company had benefited from the rise in disposable income in Ireland.’
    • ‘Furthermore, the level of consumer credit in relation to disposable income is at a record high.’
    • ‘In fact, many advertisers were happy to back a venture aimed at people with more disposable income.’
    • ‘There's a bit more disposable income floating about, when you look at the mineral water bottles on the lecture desks.’
    • ‘If New Orleans were to be in Britain, it would be by far its richest city as ranked by disposable income after tax and benefits.’
    • ‘On average the families with children only save 4.1 percent of their disposable income.’
    • ‘Liza is going to take a big cut in her disposable income in order to have her own property.’
    • ‘Research shows that some 80 per cent of disposable income is in the pockets of the older generation.’
    • ‘The poorest fifth in society spent 7.2 percent of their disposable income on council tax in 2000.’
    • ‘Our second measure, which compares inequality in market incomes and inequality in disposable incomes after taxes and transfers, is the most direct indicator of the redistributive role of the state.’
    • ‘This has to drain consumers' disposable income and further corrode corporates' profits.’
    • ‘In fact, we save a much lower proportion of our disposable income than our cousins on the Continent, as this article demonstrates.’
    • ‘Then disposable income for the private sector would clearly be reduced, creating an income effect.’
    • ‘So when that pensioner in my constituency is paying a third of her income, her disposable income, on council tax, is that social justice?’
    • ‘What's more, these savings are tax free, because they boost my take-home disposable income.’
    • ‘The benefit is that people without a great deal of disposable income can still own their own vehicle by budgeting payments.’
    • ‘Lower interest rates will increase disposable income and a further reduction this year would be a welcome boost.’


disposable income

/dəˈspōzəbəl ˈinˌkəm/