Legal Definition and Related Resources of Inventory

Meaning of Inventory

An itemized list of goods , showing the number and usually the value thereof. The goods and stock so itemized. under uniform commercial code , goods which are held for sale or lease are classified as inventory rather than consumer goods, equipment or farm products, the principal test to determine whether goods are inventory is whether they are held for immediate or ultimate sale and ir. borderline cases the principal use to which property is put should be considered as the determining factor . First state Bank i Producers livestock Marketing association Non-Stock Co-Op, (Neb.)216 N. W.2a 854.

Inventory Alternative Definition

A list, schedule, catalogue, or enumeration in writing, containing, article by article, the goods and chattels, rights and credits, and, in some cases, the lands and tenements, of a person or persons, without attempt to describe the same in detail. 217 111. 169. But enumerating them with reasonable particularity according to the well understood usage of business men. 20 Q. B. D. 114; 58 L. T. 34. A conservatory act, which is made to ascertain the situation’of an intestate’s estate, the estate of an insolvent, and the like, for the purpose of securing it to those entitled to it.

Financial Definition of Inventory

For companies: Raw materials, items available for sale or in the process of being made ready for sale. They can be individually valued by several different means, including cost or current market value, and collectively by FIFO, LIFO or other techniques. The lower value of alternatives is usually used to preclude overstating earnings and assets. For security firms: securities bought and held by a broker or dealer for resale.

Synonyms of Inventory


  • catalogue
  • checklist
  • contents
  • enumeration
  • index
  • itemization
  • itemized list
  • list
  • list of properties
  • manifest
  • merchandise list
  • record
  • register
  • schedule of articles
  • stock book
  • stock list
  • stock sheet
  • tabula
  • tally sheet
  • Associated Concepts: inventory of assets

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Inventory in Historical Law

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Legal Abbreviations and Acronyms

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Inventory Definition (in the Accounting Vocabulary)

The New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants offers the following definition of Inventory in a way that is easy for anybody to understand: Tangible property held for sale, or materials used in a production process to make a product.

United States Tax Concept of Inventory

Items held for resale in a business.

United States Tax Concept of Last-in, First-out Inventory Valuation Method (LIFO)

A method of inventory valuation that assumes any inventory sold was from the last inventory purchased.

United States Tax Concept of Specific Identification Inventory Valuation Method

A method of tracking each specific item of inventory. Specific identification is usually used for large, easily traceable items, such as vehicles or furniture.

Concept of Inventory in the context of Real Property

Alternatives definitions of Inventory: (1) The goods of a business which are sold in the every day course of business, such as houses by a builder.
(2) A detailed list of property, such as of an estate.

Concept of Inventory in the context of Real Property

Alternatives definitions of Inventory: (1) The goods of a business which are sold in the every day course of business, such as houses by a builder. (2) A detailed list of property, such as of an estate.


Legal English Vocabulary: Inventory in Spanish

Online translation of the English legal term inventory into Spanish: inventario (English to Spanish translation) . More about legal dictionary from english to spanish online.

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What is the meaning of Just-in-time (jit) Inventory Control?

A definition of Just-in-time (jit) Inventory Control is provided here: Arrangements for delivery of the smallest possible quantities at the latest possible time to keep inventory as low as possible.


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