ar·​rear·​age | \ ə-ˈrir-ij How to pronounce arrearage (audio) \

Definition of arrearage

1 : the condition of being in arrears
2 : something that is in arrears especially : something unpaid and overdue

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Examples of arrearage in a Sentence

the new buyer must pay the arrearage on the home before moving in
Recent Examples on the Web Applicants were rejected for various reasons, Liu said, including not actually being past-due, providing no evidence that their arrearage was linked to COVID-19, or their landlord refused to provide supporting documentation. Ron Hurtibise,, 18 May 2021 Except for rare instances when confidentiality is important (such as pending negotiations or member arrearage questions), questions regarding association money should be answered without hesitation. San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 June 2019 The landlord was excited the Latin American-themed restaurant opened in the building, but the restaurant accumulated a significant rent arrearage since their opening, Donnie Miller, assistant property manager at Waterside Place, said in an e-mail. Janelle Nanos,, 8 May 2018 Bean said Dean didn't honor an agreement made between the garbage collector and his predecessor in which Brighton was to pay $5,000 a month on arrearage. Jonece Starr Dunigan,, 13 Oct. 2017 Sometimes boards are tempted to not pursue arrearages, out of compassion for the struggling owner, but this ignores the rights of all the other owners who pay their share. Kelly G. Richardson,, 17 June 2017

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First Known Use of arrearage

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for arrearage

Middle English arrerage, arerage "unpaid debt, balance due, state of being behind in payment," borrowed from Anglo-French arrerage, from arere, arrere arrear + -age -age

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The first known use of arrearage was in the 14th century

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22 May 2021

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“Arrearage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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ar·​rear·​age | \ ə-ˈrir-ij How to pronounce arrearage (audio) \

Legal Definition of arrearage

1 : the condition of being in arrears
2 : something that is in arrears especially : something unpaid and overdue : arrear often used in pl. the Virginia court reduced the arrearages to a final judgment National Law Journal

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