bad debt

noun

: loans that will not be repaid
banks with millions of dollars of bad debt

Examples of bad debt in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The utility in its rate filing is seeking to recover $156 million in bad debt and other program costs that have accumulated since the start of the program. Karl Ebert, Journal Sentinel, 16 Apr. 2024 Uncompensated care includes charity care, where the hospital never expected the patient to pay; bad debt, where the patient is theoretically responsible for the bill, but unlikely to ever pay; and the difference between the cost of the care and what Medicare or Medicaid reimburses. Meg Wingerter, The Denver Post, 27 Mar. 2024 The increase in operating expenses is primarily due to additional costs incurred to operate Newswire, as well as an increase in bad debt expense and amortization expense attributed to intangible assets related to the Newswire acquisition. Miami Herald, 7 Mar. 2024 Operating expenses increased primarily due to an increase in bad debt expense and amortization expense attributed to intangible assets related to the Newswire acquisition. Miami Herald, 7 Mar. 2024 But a combination of bad luck, bad debt and a bad credit score priced her out of her apartment in Bellevue, another suburb of Seattle, one of the most expensive housing markets in the country. Rukmini Callimachi Ruth Fremson, New York Times, 17 Oct. 2023 These banks hold a tsunami of still unresolved bad debt and are now publicly known to be illiquid and possibly insolvent. Nizar Manek, Foreign Affairs, 18 Oct. 2015 Parkview also wrote off $39 million in bad debt in fiscal 2022, although that is different from charity care. Markian Hawryluk, CBS News, 14 Aug. 2023 Advertisement Don’t believe people who say there is good and bad debt Referring to debt with an adjective is unhelpful. Michelle Singletary, Washington Post, 31 May 2023

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bad debt

see debt

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