arrear

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noun ar·rear \ə-ˈrir\

Definition of arrear

  1. 1 :  the state of being behind in the discharge of obligations —usually used in plural They were in arrears with the rent. [=they had failed to pay the rent when it was due]

  2. 2a :  an unfinished duty —usually used in plural arrears of work that have piled upb :  an unpaid and overdue debt —usually used in plural paying off the arrears of the past several months

Origin and Etymology of arrear

Middle English arrere behind, backward, from Anglo-French arere, from Vulgar Latin *ad retro backward, from Latin ad to + retro backward, behind — more at at, retro-


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arrear

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noun ar·rear \ə-ˈrir\

Legal Definition of arrear

  1. 1a :  the condition of being behind in one's duties or especially financial obligations —usually used in plural in arrears with the rent b :  the condition of being due at the end of a term rather than the beginning —usually used in plural mortgage payments are made in arrears

  2. 2 :  an unpaid and overdue debt —usually used in plural paying off the arrears of the previous owners




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