debit card


Definition of debit card

: a card like a credit card by which money may be withdrawn or the cost of purchases paid directly from the holder's bank account without the payment of interest

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Earlier this week, Robinhood launched its new feature: a tantalizing savings and checking feature that came with a Mastercard debit card and no ATM, membership, overdraft, transaction, or other fees. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Following criticism, Robinhood backtracks on checking and savings feature," 15 Dec. 2018 Booker’s legislation, dubbed the Stop Overdraft Profiteering Act of 2018, would bar banks from imposing overdraft fees on debit card or ATM transactions. Li Zhou, Vox, "Banning overdraft fees: Cory Booker’s new idea to tackle big banks," 2 Aug. 2018 Alvarado split the roughly $500 procedure between a debit card and a credit card, and soon left for her pre-deployment training with less than $14 in her pocket. Christine Grimaldi, Vogue, "Senators Introduce Legislation to Finally Repeal the Hyde Amendment and End Wide-Ranging Federal Abortion-Funding Ban," 12 Mar. 2019 The wallet contained a debit card, credit card, school ID and $4 in cash. Dan White,, "Davie, Cooper City area crime reports," 11 July 2018 Some lawmakers want regulations in place to prevent consumers who don’t use credit or debit cards from being left behind. Nadra Nittle, Vox, "Why cashless retailers put low-income people at even more of a disadvantage," 30 Nov. 2018 But some have found loopholes and workarounds that allow them to take credit or debit cards. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "6 Things to Know Before You Even Set Foot in a Marijuana Dispensary," 24 Oct. 2018 The food vendors accept cash, credit and debit cards. Annie Alleman, Lake County News-Sun, "Summerfest offers music, music, music on the Milwaukee lakefront," 14 June 2018 Consumers can more often use credit or debit cards as low-cost processing services such as Square and apps such as Uber become more commonplace. Kelly Yamanouchi, ajc, "Hartsfield-Jackson bank deal with SunTrust advances," 30 May 2018

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First Known Use of debit card

1975, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of debit card was in 1975

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English Language Learners Definition of debit card

: a small plastic card that is used to buy things by having the money to pay for them taken directly from your bank account

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