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a certificate to be exchanged for goods or cash
Not to be confused with:
script – handwriting; the text of a play, TV program, or motion picture
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scrip 1

1. A form of money issued by a local government or private organization.
2. A certificate or receipt used to redeem a credit.

[Perhaps alteration of script.]

scrip 2

1. Chiefly South Asian & Australian
a. Stock, as issued by companies.
b. The stock of a particular company.
2. Chiefly British A fractional share of stock issued to existing shareholders.

[Short for subscription receipt, receipt for a portion of a loan.]

scrip 3

n. Archaic
A wallet, small satchel, or bag.

[Middle English scrippe.]
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1. a written certificate, list, etc
2. a small scrap, esp of paper with writing on it
3. (Banking & Finance) finance
a. a certificate representing a claim to part of a share of stock
b. the shares allocated in a bonus issue
[C18: in some senses, probably from script; otherwise, short for subscription receipt]


archaic a small bag or wallet, as carried by pilgrims
[C14: from Old French escreppe, variant of escarpe scarf1]


(skrɪp) or


(Medicine) informal a medical prescription
[C20: short for prescription]
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1. paper currency issued for temporary use in emergency situations, as by an occupying power.
2. a certificate representing a fraction of a share of stock.
3. a receipt, list, or other brief piece of writing.
4. a scrap of paper.
5. paper currency in denominations of less than one dollar, formerly issued in the U.S.
[1610–20; perhaps alter. of script]
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- Can be a scrap of paper with writing on it.
See also related terms for scrap.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.scrip - a certificate whose value is recognized by the payer and payee; scrip is not currency but may be convertible into currency
certificate, security - a formal declaration that documents a fact of relevance to finance and investment; the holder has a right to receive interest or dividends; "he held several valuable securities"
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[skrɪp] N (Fin) → vale m, abonaré m
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The FCC General Shareholders Meeting held on May 8 approved all the items on the agenda, which included the distribution of a flexible dividend (scrip dividend).
Total said it will buy back USD1.5 billion of shares in 2019 as part of its USD5 billion share buyback program over the 2018-2020 period, and it will eliminate the scrip dividend option as of June 2019.
The scrip dividend option will be maintained but these shares will be bought back starting from the second interim dividend in 2017.
This move complements the progress we have made since the completion of the BG acquisition in 2016, to reshape our portfolio through a $30B divestment programme and new projects, to reduce net debt, and to turn off the scrip dividend. Our financial framework remains unchanged.
At closing of the transaction, in order that Total's shareholders benefit from the accretive impact of the acquisition of Maersk Oil on earnings and cash flow, the board of directors of Total will consider removing the discount offered on the scrip dividend.
COMPANY FOCUS: ROYAL DUTCH SHELL ROYAL Dutch Shell announced it will cancel its scrip dividend scheme this quarter and pay all-cash dividends instead.
In addition, the AGM approved the scrip dividend of 1 share for every 20 shares owned and no cash dividend.
Under the scrip dividend programme, the cash dividend will be paid to shareholders on Oslo Boers on or around 23 September 2016.
The AGM resolved on the distribution of a cash dividend of AED114.6m, 10 percent of paid up share capital, and a scrip dividend of AED229.2m, being 20 percent of the paid up share capital.
BANKING AND CREDIT NEWS-August 14, 2014-Barclays offers shareholders Scrip Dividend Programme
Under the first one, it could launch a scrip dividend scheme, while with the second a preference shares-for-debt swap is possible.