arrearage

noun

ar·​rear·​age ə-ˈrir-ij How to pronounce arrearage (audio)
1
: the condition of being in arrears
2
: something that is in arrears
especially : something unpaid and overdue

Examples of arrearage in a Sentence

the new buyer must pay the arrearage on the home before moving in
Recent Examples on the Web The bills propose a residential affordability fund, which is estimated to collect $90 million within the first 18 months for bill discounts, administrative costs and arrearage payments, according to a bill analysis from the Senate Fiscal Agency. Nushrat Rahman, Detroit Free Press, 6 Feb. 2024 Even then, water companies must choose to participate in the arrearage programs; those who don’t exclude their customers from financial aid. Dorany Pineda, Los Angeles Times, 24 Oct. 2022 The GoFundMe was created with an initial goal of $20,000, to pay off the nearly $14,000 arrearage and put the extra funds toward some minor home repairs. Endia Fontanez, The Arizona Republic, 29 May 2022 Last month, the Chase Lloyd House Board of Trustees, which oversees the mansion, approved a $24,000 grant from its endowment to help pay off rent arrearage for women living in Annapolis public housing. Washington Post, 1 Dec. 2021 Money will come from a state water and wastewater arrearage payment program, administered by the California Water Resources Control Board, that will offer $985 million in federal COVID-19 relief funds to pay for the debt. Tammy Murga Reporter, San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Oct. 2021 Of the 5,800 cases resolved with payment by UniteCT, the average arrearage was just over four months’ rent, indications that most applicants continued to pay some rent during the moratorium. Mark Pazniokas, courant.com, 2 Aug. 2021 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, sun-sentinel.com, 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 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Arrearage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/arrearage. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

Legal Definition

arrearage

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