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Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Arrears'

Arrears Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    arrears n
  1. the state of being behind in payments; "an account in arrears"
  2. an unpaid overdue debt
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Arrears'

Arrears (also sometimes known as rearage) is a legal term for the part of a debt that is overdue after missing one or more required payments. The amount of the arrears is the amount accrued from the date on which the first missed payment was due; the account is said to be "in arrears." The term is usually used in relation with periodically recurring payments such as rent, bills, royalties (or other contractual payments), and child support.

Payment in arrears is a term describing payments made after a service has been provided. In this case use of the word "arrears" does not imply any breach.

The term in arrears is also used in many contexts to refer to payments made at the end of a period, as distinct from in advance, which are payments made at the start of a period. For instance, rent is usually paid in advance, but mortgages in arrears (the interest for the period is due at the end of the period). Employees' salaries are usually paid in arrears.

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'Arrears' in famous quotation sentence

* I sometimes think we expect too much of Christmas Day. We try to crowd into it the long arrears of kindliness and humanity of the whole year. As for me, I like to take my Christmas a little at a time, all through the year. And thus I drift along into the holidays--let them overtake me unexpectedly--waking up some fine morning and suddenly saying to myself Why this is Christmas Day - David Grayson

* Don't expect too much of Christmas Day. You can't crowd into it any arrears of unselfishness and kindliness that may have accrued during the past twelve months. - Oren Arnold

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Arrears Sample Sentences in News

  • Mortgage arrears at PTSB fall 21%
    There has been a 21% drop in customers in mortgage arrears between the start of the year and the end of August at Permanent TSB. Read more on this news related to 'Arrears'
  • Arrears cause most rent disputes
    More than one-third of all disputes lodged with the country’s private rental watchdog are due to rent arrears. Read more on this news related to 'Arrears'
  • Mortgage arrears fall further at Ireland's permanent tsb
    The number of homeowners and property investors in arrears at Irish state-owned mortgage lender permanent tsb fell further over the last two months, the bank said on Thursday. The smallest and weakest ... Read more on this news related to 'Arrears'

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