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.

    • ‘Sweeney said the company had benefited from the rise in disposable income in Ireland.’
    • ‘This has to drain consumers' disposable income and further corrode corporates' profits.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There's a bit more disposable income floating about, when you look at the mineral water bottles on the lecture desks.’
    • ‘What's more, these savings are tax free, because they boost my take-home disposable income.’
    • ‘The poorest fifth in society spent 7.2 percent of their disposable income on council tax in 2000.’
    • ‘Then disposable income for the private sector would clearly be reduced, creating an income effect.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Research shows that some 80 per cent of disposable income is in the pockets of the older generation.’
    • ‘That most people would have higher disposable income under a system of property rights is nice.’
    • ‘In fact, many advertisers were happy to back a venture aimed at people with more disposable income.’
    • ‘Liza is going to take a big cut in her disposable income in order to have her own property.’
    • ‘Furthermore, the level of consumer credit in relation to disposable income is at a record high.’
    • ‘Dining out and regular travelling have eaten into our disposable income, but it's been money well spent.’
    • ‘So when that pensioner in my constituency is paying a third of her income, her disposable income, on council tax, is that social justice?’
    • ‘In fact, we save a much lower proportion of our disposable income than our cousins on the Continent, as this article demonstrates.’
    • ‘On average the families with children only save 4.1 percent of their disposable income.’
    • ‘People with lower incomes and less disposable income look for ways to get more bulk from their purchases.’


disposable income

/dəˈspōzəbəl ˈinˌkəm/