consumer credit


Definition of consumer credit

: credit granted to an individual especially to finance the purchase of consumer goods or to defray personal expenses

Examples of consumer credit in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Recent research from the CFPB shows that Americans had racked up $88 billion in medical debt on consumer credit records as of June 2021. Tami Luhby, CNN, 11 Apr. 2022 There's a variety of notable changes included in the overhaul of the medical debt reporting policies just announced by the three consumer credit bureaus. Nafeesah Allen,, 29 Mar. 2022 Starting July 1, the agencies will no longer include medical debt that went to collections on consumer credit reports once it has been paid off. Tami Luhby, CNN, 11 Apr. 2022 As much as 70% of medical collection debt is being removed from consumer credit reports. Nafeesah Allen,, 29 Mar. 2022 Nobody is waving a magic wand to make all of those IOUs disappear, but the three big credit-reporting bureaus this month pledged to purge a substantial amount of negative medical-debt information from consumer credit files. Russ Wiles, The Arizona Republic, 27 Mar. 2022 Beginning July 1, paid medical debt will no longer be included on consumer credit reports. NBC News, 18 Mar. 2022 These changes will erase nearly 70% of medical collection debt from consumer credit reports. Zack Friedman, Forbes, 18 Mar. 2022 Auto loans are already the third-largest consumer credit market in the United States, at more than $1.46 trillion, double the amount from 10 years ago, the CFPB said. Washington Post, 2 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of consumer credit

1925, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of consumer credit was in 1925

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Last Updated

2 May 2022

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“Consumer credit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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Legal Definition of consumer credit

: credit extended by merchants or banks to finance the purchase of consumer goods (as home appliances) or services (as travel or hotel accommodations) — compare consumer debt at debt

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