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un·der·state·ment

 (ŭn′dər-stāt′mənt, ŭn′dər-stāt′-)
n.
1. A disclosure or statement that is less than complete.
2. Restraint or lack of emphasis in expression, as for rhetorical effect.
3. Restraint in artistic expression.

understatement

(ˌʌndəˈsteɪtmənt)
n
the act or an instance of stating something in restrained terms, or as less than it is
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.understatement - a statement that is restrained in ironic contrast to what might have been saidunderstatement - a statement that is restrained in ironic contrast to what might have been said
statement - a message that is stated or declared; a communication (oral or written) setting forth particulars or facts etc; "according to his statement he was in London on that day"
litotes, meiosis - understatement for rhetorical effect (especially when expressing an affirmative by negating its contrary); "saying `I was not a little upset' when you mean `I was very upset' is an example of litotes"
overstatement, exaggeration, magnification - making to seem more important than it really is

understatement

noun
1. euphemism, trivialization To say I'm disappointed is an understatement.
2. restraint, reserve, subtlety, delicacy, underplaying, understatedness, underemphasis typical British understatement
Translations
تَصْريح مُقَلَّل
slabé označení
underdrivelse
ez kevesebbet mond a valóságnálszépítõ körülmény
úrdráttur
slabé označenie
olduğundan daha hafif gösterme

understatement

[ˈʌndəˌsteɪtmənt] N
1. (= underestimate) [of rate, level, growth] → subestimación f
these figures are an understatementestas cifras son una subestimación
2. (= not exaggeration) I think that's something of an understatementcreo que eso es quedarse corto
to say I'm disappointed is an understatementdecir que estoy desilusionado es quedarse corto
interesting? that's the understatement of the year!¿interesante? ¡eso es quedarse corto!
3. (= restraint) → moderación f
typical British understatementla típica moderación británica, el típico comedimiento británico (frm)

understatement

[ˈʌndərsteɪtmənt] n
That's an understatement → C'est bien peu dire., Le terme est faible.
To say I'm disappointed is an understatement → Dire que je suis déçu serait un euphémisme.
that's the understatement of the year! → c'est bien le moins qu'on puisse dire!

understatement

understatement

[ˈʌndəˌsteɪtmənt] nunderstatement m inv
that's an understatement! → a dir poco!

understate

(andəˈsteit) verb
to state less than the truth about (something). She has understated her difficulties.
ˌunderˈstatement noun
It's an understatement to say he's foolish – he's quite mad.
References in classic literature ?
It is insisted that eight duels a week--four for each of the two days--is too low an average to draw a calculation from, but I will reckon from that basis, preferring an understatement to an overstatement of the case.
It applies to all understatements; partial relief is also available, under Sec.
Section 6662 of the Internal Revenue Code imposes a 20-percent penalty for understatements of income tax that are "substantial," i.e., the amount of the understatement for the taxable year exceeds the greater of (i) 10 percent of the tax required to be shown on the return, or (ii) $10,000.
Sections 6694(a) and (b), as changed by the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1989, impose penalties on tax return preparers who prepare returns or refund claims containing certain understatements of tax liability.
6662 accuracy-related penalty is imposed on tax underpayments attributable to negligence, intentional disregard of rules or regulations, substantial understatements, etc.; and (2) under Regs.
Under current law, a 20-percent accuracy-related penalty will be imposed, in the absence of reasonable cause, in respect of substantial understatements of income tax.
It was the investors' "return portions" (K-I 's) and tax understatements that were involved, and not the corporation's.
Further, in deciding whether it would be inequitable to hold a spouse liable for understatements of tax, it is relevant to consider the probable future hardships that would be imposed on the spouse seeking relief, if such relief were denied.
Congress articulated three reasons for the 1990 amendment: (i) the percentage of value that is overstated is often not as high as 200 percent; (ii) valuation misstatements may be attributable to services, as well as property; and (iii) some adjustments are attributable to understatements of value as well as overstatements.
IRC section 6013(e) allows relief from liability for an innocent spouse for substantial understatements attributable to grossly erroneous items of the other spouse on a joint return.
6662(a) imposes a 20% accuracy-related penalty for understatements due to negligence; disregard of rules or regulations; substantial understatement of income tax; substantial valuation misstatement; substantial overstatement of pension liabilities; or substantial understatement of gift or estate tax valuation.
In contrast, little authoritative or semi-authoritative guidance is available to help auditors identify the risks of and select appropriate audit procedures to address the potential for material understatements.