Define: Useful Economic Life

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Definition: Useful Economic Life



What is the dictionary definition of Useful Economic Life?

Dictionary Definition


The period for which the present owner of an asset will derive economic benefits from its use.

In standard accounting practices; a fixed asset is depreciated over its useful economic life; an intangible asset is also considered to have a finite useful life, and its value is amortized over this period.


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Full Definition of Useful Economic Life


The period for which the present owner of an asset will derive economic benefits from its use. Under Statement of Standard Accounting Practice 12, Accounting for Depreciation, an asset should be depreciated over its useful economic life.


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Definition Sources


Definitions for Useful Economic Life are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • BusinessDictionary.com
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

This glossary post was last updated: 4th May 2019.