A - Abbreviations list
 a
acceleration | area | arrives
 A
ampere | angstrom
 AA
Alcoholics Anonymous | attendance allowance
 AAA
American Automobile Association | antiaircraft artillery
 AAD
Arab accounting dinar
 a.a.e.
according to age and experience
 AAIA
Associate of the Association of International Accountants
 AAM
air-to-air missile
 AAMOF
as a matter of fact
 A & E
accident and emergency
 A & M
Ancient and Modern
 A & R
artists and repertoire
 AARF
Australian Accounting Research Foundation
 AAS
Australian Accounting Standard
 AASB
Australian Accounting Standards Board
 A’asia
Australasia
 AAT
Association of Accounting Technicians
 AAVE
African American Vernacular English
 AB
Aktiebolaget
 ABA
Amateur Boxing Association | American Bankers Association | American Bar Association
 ABB
activity-based budgeting
 abbr.
abbreviation
 ABC
American Broadcasting Company | Australian Broadcasting Corporation | the alphabet
 ABCs
Audit Bureau of Circulations
 ABEND
abnormal end
 ABI
Association of British Insurers
 ABM
activity-based management | antiballistic missile
 abn
airborne
 ABN
Australian Business Number
 ABR
available bit rate
 ABS
acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene | antilock braking system | Australian Bureau of Statistics
 ABTA
Association of British Travel Agents
 abv
alcohol by volume
 ac
academic organization
 Ac
actinium
 AC
adega cooperativa | air conditioning | Aircraftman | alternating current | altocumulus | ante Christum | appellation contrôlée | Athletic Club
 a/c
account | account current
 A/C
account | account current | air conditioning
 ACA
Australian Communications Authority
 ACAS
Advisory, Conciliation, and Arbitration Service
 ACAUS
Association of Chartered Accountants in the United States
 acc.
account | accusative
 ACCA
Associate of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants | Association of Chartered Certified Accountants
 ACCC
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission
 ACCI
Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
 acct
account
 ACD
authorized corporate director
 AC/DC
an offensive term meaning bisexual
 ACDI
asynchronous communications device interface
 ACE
Advisory Centre for Education | Allied Command Europe
 ACF
advanced communications function
 ACH
automated clearing house
 ACL
access control list
 ACLU
American Civil Liberties Union
 ACM
Air Chief Marshal | Association for Computing Machinery | Australian Chamber of Manufactures
 ACR
audio cassette recorder
 ACRS
accelerated cost recovery system
 ACT
advance corporation tax | Australian Capital Territory
 ACTH
adrenocorticotrophic hormone
 ACTU
Australian Council of Trade Unions
 ACT-UP
Aids Coalition To Unleash Power
 ACU
Asian currency unit
 ACVE
Advanced Certificate of Vocational Education
 ACW
Aircraftwoman
 ad
advantage | Andorra
 AD
Alzheimer’s disease | anno Domini
 A/D
analogue to digital
 Ada
a high-level computer-programming language that is used mainly for military, industrial, and scientific applications
 ADB
African Development Bank | Asian Development Bank
 ADC
analogue-to-digital converter
 ADD
attention deficit disorder
 add.
addendum | addition | address
 ADDACS
Automated Direct Debit Amendments and Cancellation Service
 ADF
Approved Deposit Fund
 ADH
antidiuretic hormone
 ADHD
attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
 ADI
acceptable daily intake
 adj.
adjective | adjoint | adjunct | adjustment | adjutant
 Adjt
Adjutant
 ADLs
activities of daily living
 Adm.
Admiral |Admiralty
 ADP
adenosine diphosphate | automatic data processing
 ADPCM
adaptive differential pulse code modulation
 ADR
American Depositary Receipt
 ADSL
asymmetrical digital subscriber line
 ADT
Atlantic Daylight Time
 adv.
adverb | adverbial | advertisement | advisory
 ad val.
ad valorem
 advt
advertisement
 AE
aggregate expenditure | assimilation efficiency
 AEA
Atomic Energy Authority
 AEC
Atomic Energy Commission
 AEEU
Amalgamated Engineering and Electrical Union
 AER
annual equivalent rate
 aero
aviation industry
 AEST
Australian Eastern Standard Time
 AEU
Australian Education Union
 AEX
Amsterdam Stock Exchange
 af
Afghanistan
 AF
air force | Anglo-French | audio frequency | autofocus
 Af.
Africa | African
 AFAANZ
Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand
 AFAIK
as far as I know
 AFBD
Association of Futures Brokers and Dealers
 AFC
automatic flight control | automatic frequency control
 AFIPS
American Federation of Information Processing Societies
 AFL
Australian Football League
 AFL-CIO
a federation formed in 1955 by the merging of the American Federation of Labour and the Congress of Industrial Organizations.
 AFLP
amplified fragment length polymorphism
 AFM
atomic force microscope
 AFNOR
Association française de normalisation
 AFP
alpha-foetoprotein | Australian Federal Police
 Afr.
Africa | African
 AFTA
ASEAN Free Trade Area
 AFV
armoured fighting vehicle
 ag
Antigua and Barbuda
 Ag
silver
 AG
adjutant general |Aktiengesellschaft | attorney general
 AGC
automatic gain control
 AGI
adjusted gross income | annual gross income
 AGM
annual general meeting
 AGN
active galactic nucleus
 AGP
accelerated graphics port
 AGR
advanced gas-cooled reactor
 AH
ampere-hour | anno Hegirae
 A.h.
ampere-hour
 AHA
alpha-hydroxy acid
 AHF
antihaemophilic factor
 AHI
Afrikaanse Handelsinstituut
 AHST
Alaska-Hawaii Standard Time
 ai
Anguilla
 AI
active ingredient | artificial insemination | artificial intelligence | attitude indicator
 AIA
Association of International Accountants
 AICPA
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
 AID
acute infectious disease | Agency for International Development | artificial insemination by donor
 Aids
acquired immune deficiency syndrome
 AIFA
Association of Financial Advisers
 AIH
artificial insemination by husband
 AIL
aesthetic injury level
 AIM
alternative investment market
 AIMA
Alternative Investment Management Association
 ain’t
a contraction of ‘am not’, ‘is not’, ‘are not’, ‘have not’, or ‘has not’
 AIR
All India Radio
 AIRC
Australian Industrial Relations Commission
 AITC
Association of Investment Trust Companies
 AJA
Australian Journalists’ Association
 AJK
Australian Jockey Club
 AK
Alaska
 a.k.a.
also known as
 al
Albania
 Al
aluminium
 AL
Alabama
 al.
alcohol | alcoholic
 ALA
all letters answered
 Alb.
Albania | Albanian
 ALBM
air-launched ballistic missile
 alc.
alcohol | alcoholic
 ALCM
air-launched cruise missile
 A level
Advanced level
 ALF
Animal Liberation Front
 Alg.
Algeria | Algerian
 ALGOL
algorithmoriented language
 ALMO
arm’s length management organization
 ALP
Australian Labor Party
 ALS
amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
 Alt
alternate (or alternative) key
 ALT
alanine aminotransferase
 alt.
alteration | alternate | altitude | alto
 Alta
Alberta
 ALU
arithmetic logic unit
 am
amplitude modulation | Armenia
 Am
americium
 AM
Albert Medal | amplitude modulation | anno mundi | ante meridiem | asset management | associate member
 Am.
American | Amos
 a.m.
ante meridiem
 AMBA
Association of MBAs
 Amer.
American
 Amex
American Stock Exchange
 AmEx
American Express
 Amicus
a trade union formed by the merger of the AEEU and MSF in January 2002
 AMP
adenosine monophosphate
 AMPS
auction market preferred stock
 AMT
advanced manufacturing technology
 amu
atomic mass unit
 AMU
atomic mass unit
 AMVETS
American Veterans
 an
Netherlands Antilles
 anal.
analogous | analogy | analysis | analytic
 anat.
anatomical | anatomy
 ANC
African National Congress | acid-neutralizing capacity
 ANLL
acute nonlymphocytic leukaemia
 ANN
artificial neural network
 ann.
annals | annual |annuity
 anon.
anonymous
 ANSI
American National Standards Institute
 ANSI C
a standard version of the C programming language
 ant.
antiquarian | antiquity | antonym
 Ant.
Antarctica
 anthrop.
anthropological | anthropology
 antiq.
antiquarian | antiquity
 ANU
Australian National University
 Anzac
Australia and New Zealand Army Corps
 ANZCERTA
Australia and New Zealand Closer Economic Relations Trade Agreement
 ANZUS
Australia, New Zealand, and the United States
 ao
Angola
 AO
All-Ordinaries Index | Officer in the Order of Australia
 a/o
account of
 AOAI
Area of Archaeological Importance
 AOB
any other business
 AOC
appellation d’origine contrôlée
 AOL
America Online
 AOM
active organic matter
 AON
all or none
 AONB
Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
 AOR
adult-oriented rock
 AP
Air Police | American plan | antipersonnel | Associated Press
 a.p.
additional premium | author’s proof | ante prandium
 APA
all points addressable
 APACS
Association for Payment Clearing Services
 APB
Accounting Principles Board | all-points bulletin | Auditing Practices Board
 APC
average propensity to consume
 APD
adult polycyclic disease
 APEC
Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation
 Apex
advance-purchase excursion
 APH
antepartum haemorrhage
 API
American Petroleum Institute | application programming interface
 APM
advanced power management | average propensity to import
 A.P.Nr
Amtliche Prüfungsnummer
 Apoc.
Apocalypse | Apocrypha
 APP
amyloid precursor protein | average physical product
 app.
apparatus | appendix | applied | appointed | apprentice | approved | approximate
 APPC
advanced program to program communications
 approx.
approximate | approximately
 appt
appointment
 APR
annual percentage rate | annual purchase rate
 Apr.
April
 APRA
Australian Prudential Regulation Authority
 APS
average propensity to save
 apt
apartment
 APT
advanced passenger train
 APV
adjusted present value
 APY
annual percentage yield
 aq
Antarctica
 AQ
achievement quotient
 aq.
aqua | aqueous
 AQS
air quality standards
 Ar
argon
 AR
accounts receivable | Arkansas | attributable risk
 ar.
arrival | arrive
 Ar.
Arabia | Arabian | Arabic
 ARA
Associate of the Royal Academy
 Arab.
Arabia | Arabian | Arabic
 arb.
arbitrageur
 ARC
Aids-related complex | Aids-related condition
 arch.
archaic | archaism | archery | archipelago | architect | architecture
 archd.
archdeacon | archduke
 archit.
architecture
 ARD
acute respiratory disease
 ARDS
adult respiratory distress syndrome
 ARELS
Association of Recognized English Language Schools
 aren’t
am not | are not
 arg
argument
 ARL
Australian Rugby League
 ARLL
advanced run-length limited
 ARM
adjustable-rate mortgage
 ARP
acreage reduction programme | address resolution protocol | air-raid precautions
 ARPANET
Advanced Research Projects Agency Network
 ARPS
adjustable-rate preferred stock
 ARQ
automatic repeat request
 arr.
arranged | arrival | arrived | arrivesART
 ART
assisted reproductive technology
 art.
article | artificial | artillery | artist
 arty
artillery
 as
American Samoa
 As
arsenic
 AS
after sight | Anglo-Saxon | antisubmarine
 As.
Asia | Asian
 ASA
Advertising Standards Authority
 ASAP
as soon as possible
 a.s.a.p.
as soon as possible
 ASAT
antisatellite
 ASB
Accounting Standards Board
 ASBO
antisocial behaviour order
 ASC
Accounting Standards Committee
 ASCAP
American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers
 ASCII
American Standard Code for Information Interchange
 ASD
autistic spectrum disorders
 ASEAN
Association of Southeast Asian Nations
 ASF
Active Streaming Format
 ASH
Action on Smoking and Health
 ASI
airspeed indicator
 ASIC
application-specific integrated circuits | Australian Securities and Investments Commission
 ASIO
Australian Security Intelligence Organization
 ASIS
Australian Secret Intelligence Service
 ASL
American Sign Language
 ASLEF
Associated Society of Locomotive Engineers and Firemen
 ASM
air-to-surface missile
 ASP
active server page | application service provider
 ASR
automatic send/receive
 ASSR
Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic
 asst
assistant
 asstd
assisted | assorted
 AST
Atlantic Standard Time | automated screen trading
 astrol.
astrologer | astrological | astrology
 astron.
astronomer | astronomical | astronomy
 ASU
Australian Services Union
 ASX
Australian Stock Exchange
 at
Austria
 At
astatine
 AT
Advanced Technologies | antitank | Atlantic Time | attainment target
 at.
atmosphere | atomic
 ATAPI
AT attachment packet interface
 ATB
all-terrain bike | all-terrain boarding
 ATC
Air Training Corps | air-traffic control
 ATM
Adobe Type Manager | asynchronous transfer mode | automated teller machine
 atm.
atmosphere | atmospheric
 at. no.
atomic number
 ATO
Australian Taxation Office
 A to D
analogue to digital
 ATOL
Air Travel Organizers’ Licence
 ATP
adenosine triphosphate | Association of Tennis Professionals
 ATPase
adenosine triphosphatase
 ATS
antitetanus serum | Applications Technology Satellite | automatic transfer service
 ATSIC
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission
 att.
attached | attention | attorney
 Att. Gen.
Attorney General
 attn
attention
 attrib.
attributive
 Atty. Gen.
Attorney General
 ATV
all-terrain vehicle
 at. wt
atomic weight
 au
Australia
 Au
gold
 AU
angstrom unit | astronomical unit
 a.u.
angstrom unit | astronomical unit
 AUC
ab urbe condita | Australian Universities Commission
 AUD
Australian dollar
 aud.
audit | auditor
 Aug.
August
 AUP
acceptable use policy
 AUS
Australian Union of Students
 Aus.
Australia | Australian | Austria | Austrian
 Aust.
Australia | Australian | Austria | Austrian
 AUSTEL
Australian Telecommunications Authority
 Austral.
Australasia | Australia | Australian
 AUT
Association of University Teachers | authorized unit trust
 auth.
authentic | author | authority | authorized
 AUTIF
Association of Unit Trusts and Investment Funds
 auto.
automatic | automotive
 aux.
auxiliary
 A/UX
Apple’s UNIX
 AV
audiovisual | Authorized Version
 av.
average | avoirdupois
 Av.
avenue
 a/v
ad valorem | American Viticultural Area
 AVC
additional voluntary contribution | average variable cost
 avdp.
avoirdupois
 Ave.
avenue
 avg.
average
 AVM
Air Vice-Marshal | arteriovenous malformation
 AVPU
alert, verbal, pain, unresponsive
 A/W
actual weight
 AWACS
airborne warning and control system
 AWBC
Australian Wine and Brandy Corporation
 AWE
average weekly earnings
 az
Azerbaijan
 AZ
Arizona
 az.
azimuth | azure


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