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What does the abbreviation "gem." mean? E.g. :

Leistungen im Bereich Finanzbuchhaltung gem. bei Leistungsbeschreibung.

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There's a list of common meanings of the abbreviation "gem." here, but none of them quite fit into your sentence, and I'm not aware of any word starting with gem- that would make perfect grammatical and contextual sense here, either.

I strongly suspect the "bei" slipped in by accident, and what they mean to say is "Leistungen im Bereich Finanzbuchhaltung gemäß Leistungsbeschreibung", i.e. "Services in financial accounting according to the description of services."

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Agreed. Two remarks: The link you provide seems not too reliable; they offer gemä instead of gemäß. And I think it's worth pointing out that it's slightly ridiculous to abbreviate gemäß by replacing äß with a dot. –  Hendrik Vogt Sep 10 '11 at 8:33
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"bei" could also be an accidental truncation of "beiliegender", which means "attached". –  starblue Sep 10 '11 at 12:46
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@Hendrik: Yeah, it's not a great list, but at least it gives you some idea of what options there are. I tried to find a more comprehensive list, but had no success. Gem. is a very common abbreviation of gemäß, although I agree that it doesn't save much space. –  Cass Sep 10 '11 at 18:34
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It means "according to". You can stick 'gem.' into an online dictionary like http://dict.tu-chemnitz.de/ and it will come up showing that gem. is short for gemäß which means "according to" or "in accordance with".

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And not to mention it is bad style, cause there is no sense in shorten a word from only 5 to 3 letters.

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