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
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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