I am looking for a word that can replace idioms like daily or monthly, but has the same meaning, and it's generic.

By example, if I want to describe my pocket money, I can say I have a daily amount, or a monthly amount of money.

But how I can say I have a "Time span" amount of money, in a way that sounds intuitive?

Another example: Daily counter, hourly counter -> replaced by a "generic time-based" counter

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    Interval counter works for the counter example but not so well for the allowance. Although perhaps periodic allowance might work for that one.
    – Jim
    Commented Oct 19, 2012 at 6:32
  • Periodic allowance fits just well in my expressions. If you can add it as an answer, I will accept it.
    – Sam
    Commented Oct 19, 2012 at 6:37

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Periodic : Happening or appearing at regular intervals

appears to fit well- as in a periodic allowance.

For your counter example, Interval may work- as in an interval counter.


If an event occurs at fixed intervals, it is regular, as in ‘I have a regular income.’ You can also use the adverbial form as in ‘My income is paid regularly.’

(On a matter of terminology, daily and monthly are not idioms, because their meaning can be deduced solely from a knowledge of what the words mean.)


It would be better to ask for a "time-span-ly" amount of money rather than a "time-span" amount, because that makes it clear that you are not asking for a noun.

You are asking for an adverb which describes how an event occurs, or an adjective which describes the event.

Periodic fits the bill: the event occurs regularly after an (unspecified) period has elapsed.

  • Ah: it appears Jim and I think along the same lines.
    – Andrew Leach
    Commented Oct 19, 2012 at 6:39
  • Can periodic also be used when the intervals are not necessarily equal? Like to describe doing something, such as a revenue report, for a period - sometimes 3 months, sometimes 6, etc?
    – DAE
    Commented Feb 21, 2017 at 9:14

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