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nounAnglo-Indian, South Asian
An accountant, clerk, or administrator.
Late 17th century; earliest use found in William Hedges (1632–1701), merchant. From Persian and Urdu mutaṣaddī from Arabic mutaṣaddī, active participle of taṣaddā to apply oneself to, undertake, be in charge of.
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