Definition of arrear
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]
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
Recent Examples of arrear from the Web
Many who are in arrears are businesses that have closed, although that doesn’t relieve them of their tax bill.
Evictions spike as property management companies instigate zero-tolerance policies against rent arrears.
After evening the score in the bottom of the first, when Dansby Swanson’s sac fly to left pushed Tyler Flowers across shortly after his lead-off double, the Braves quickly found themselves in arrears again.
None of the NATO allies are in arrears on these contributions.
Of the U.N. health agency’s 194 member states, 185 were eligible to cast ballots; nine others were either in arrears on their dues or not represented at the gathering.
Pérez, as a receiver, was expected to collect payments in arrears, correct dangerous code violations, carry out repairs and settle more than $5 million in fines imposed by the county.
The arrears landed M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore’s annual tax sale, in which bidders vie to pay a property owner’s municipal debt, in return for the right to collect up to 18% interest, plus the principal from the owner.
Federal flood insurance promotes coastal living in high-risk areas, and the program is more than $20 billion in arrears following Hurricane Katrina and Sandy.
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Legal Definition of arrear
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 : an unpaid and overdue debt —usually used in plural paying off the arrears of the previous owners
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