Tar"iff (?), n. [F. tarif; cf. Sp. & Pg. tarifa, It. tariffa; all fr. Ar. ta'rIf information, explanation, definition, from 'arafa, to know, to inform, explain.]


A schedule, system, or scheme of duties imposed by the government of a country upon goods imported or exported; as, a revenue tariff; a protective tariff; Clay's compromise tariff. (U. S. 1833).

⇒ The United States and Great Britain impose no duties on exports; hence, in these countries the tariff refers only to imports.


The duty, or rate of duty, so imposed; as, the tariff on wool; a tariff of two cents a pound.


Any schedule or system of rates, changes, etc.; as, a tariff of fees, or of railroad fares. Bolingbroke.


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Tar"iff, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Tariffed (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Tariffing.]

To make a list of duties on, as goods.


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Tar"iff (?), n.

A tariff may be imposed solely for, and with reference to, the production of revenue (called a revenue tariff, or tariff for revenue, or for the artificial fostering of home industries (a projective tariff), or as a means of coercing foreign governments, as in case of retaliatory tariff.


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