the art or practice of an .
Historical Examples

I forget what this successful brother had succeeded in—some genteel profession like accountancy or attorney.
Aliens William McFee

Write for free book, “accountancy, the Profession that Pays.”
Astounding Stories of Super-Science February 1930 Various

Various methods of presenting accountancy have been suggested.
College Teaching Paul Klapper

And even there, values are often estimated without actual exchange, and the art of accountancy has arisen for that purpose.
Social Value B. M. Anderson

Recently, however, colleges have included in this field of election practical courses in accountancy and Commercial Law.
College Teaching Paul Klapper

All this is as set forth in detail in the said books of his Majesty’s accountancy, to which I refer.
The Philippine Islands, 1493-1803 E.H. Blair

Deny your worthy scholars the latest commentary on Plato and get your business men the latest book on accountancy.
Papers and proceedings of the thirty-fifth general meeting of the American Library Association, 1913 Various

There is kept account of all that is laden and of the ships, so that it is the accountancy and register of their trade.
The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898 (Vol 27 of 55) Various

the profession or business of an accountant

1854, from accountant + -cy.

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