An upper limit for a variable. For example, an adjustable- rate mortgage may have a ceiling of 10 percent. In this case, the rate can be adjusted however the loan terms provide without exceeding 10 percent.
Also called a cap. American Banker Glossary
The highest price, interest rate, or other numerical factor allowable in a financial transaction. Bloomberg Financial Dictionary

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ceiling cei‧ling [ˈsiːlɪŋ] noun [countable]
the largest level, amount, or number of something that is officially allowed:

• Oil price ceilings remained in place for a decade.

• the strict spending ceilings imposed by last year's budget

Wage ceilings needed to be introduced and the state pension scheme overhauled.

ceiling on

• The new government set a ceiling on prices for basic foodstuffs.

— see also glass ceiling

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ceiling UK US /ˈsiːlɪŋ/ noun [C]
the highest level, number, or amount something is allowed to reach: »

Before the bidding started he had set himself a ceiling price beyond which he would not go.

a debt/spending/production ceiling »

They agreed on a spending ceiling over the next five years of between 1.2% to 1.3%.

the ceiling on sth »

The good news is that the ceiling on teachers' earnings has been removed.

the ceiling for sth »

We will keep within the ceiling for public spending and do better if we can.

place/put a ceiling on sth »

Ceilings are placed on interest rates by the government to provide firms with cheap capital.

set/impose a ceiling »

The staff ceiling was originally set at 35 but has slowly risen to 50.

reach/exceed a ceiling »

The $7.4 trillion national debt ceiling is likely to be reached in the next few days.

lower/raise a ceiling »

The budget restrictions, signed into law in July, lowered the ceiling on how much districts' budgets can grow annually.

See also GLASS CEILING(Cf. glass ceiling)

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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