re·​ceiv·​able | \ ri-ˈsē-və-bəl How to pronounce receivable (audio) \

Definition of receivable

1 : capable of being received
2 : subject to call for payment notes receivable

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Examples of receivable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As an assistant clerk, Harris was responsible for payroll accounts, accounts receivable and accounts payable. Ashley Remkus,, "Assistant clerk accused of stealing thousands of dollars from northeast Alabama town," 15 Aug. 2017 Bruce Gilbert Miami Herald File All that remained in the rubble was a charcoaled safe that contained some of the company’s accounts receivable and payable records. Howard Cohen, miamiherald, "The family businessman who helped grow Norton Tire into a national symbol," 4 Aug. 2017 Let’s be honest: The Trump administration didn’t think my years of science and policy experience were better suited to accounts receivable. Emily Atkin, New Republic, "It’s Never Been Harder to Be a Climate Scientist," 27 July 2017 FirstBank is in the midst of rolling out more traditional business lending, Tilton said, venturing beyond real estate loans into accounts receivable, inventory and equipment. Emilie Rusch, The Denver Post, "FirstBank’s new leadership team sets the tone with new slogan “Banking for Good”," 11 Apr. 2017 On the balance sheet, if inventory levels or accounts receivable are growing faster than sales, that’s a worrisome sign. Seattle Times Staff, The Seattle Times, "The Motley Fool: Useful tips on investing," 8 July 2017 So if a contractor has finished a building and submitted an invoice to the owner for the final payment, that account receivable increases income even though the payment check is not yet in. Edward Lotterman, Twin Cities, "Real World Economics: Why farm ‘income’ is hard to measure," 1 Apr. 2017 BT executives have described a system of inappropriate loans in Italy, taken against accounts receivable, that were used to pay suppliers. Daniele Lepido,, "BT's Leaseback Deal With IBM Said to Be Focus of Italian Probe," 4 May 2017 The provision, if adopted, would force small businesses, partnerships, doctors and lawyers to be taxed on their accounts receivable, rather than their actual income. David Williams, Orange County Register, "Will Trump’s ‘tax reform’ shift costs on American families?," 21 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of receivable

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of receivable

business : not yet paid


re·​ceiv·​able | \ ri-ˈsē-və-bəl How to pronounce receivable (audio) \

Legal Definition of receivable

1 : capable of being received
2 : subject to call for payment notes receivable — see also account receivable

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