additionality ad‧di‧tion‧al‧i‧ty [əˌdɪʆəˈnælti] noun [uncountable]
ECONOMICS a rule or principle stating that the money spent by a government on public services such as health and education can be added to from other funds, especially European Union grant S, but cannot be replaced by those grants altogether:

• Spain and Portugal have the same system of additionality as we have here in the UK.

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additionality UK US /əˌdɪʃəˈnæləti/ noun [U]
UK ECONOMICS, FINANCE the situation in which a government or organization is able to get money for a project from another government or organization, especially the European Union, only if it pays for most of the project itself: »

The principle of 'additionality', decrees that money should go only to projects that would not have gone ahead with normal public sector funding.

ENVIRONMENT the reduction in the amount of carbon dioxide gas released into the environment that happens only as a result of trading carbon credits: »

The buzzword in the industry is ""additionality"" - the idea that offset purchases lead to additional greenhouse gas reductions.

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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