plural noun
re·​ceiv·​ables | \ ri-ˈsē-və-bəlz How to pronounce receivables (audio) \

Definition of receivables

: amounts of money receivable

Examples of receivables in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The escrow account would cover any losses from accounts receivables over 90 days, and for any other undisclosed liabilities or any misrepresentations in the agreement. Gary Miller, The Denver Post, "Gary Miller: Study the “definitive agreement” carefully, or risk losing the deal," 23 Feb. 2020 Many firms are owed a large amount by their customers in the form of receivables; in total the amount is worth around 20% of global GDP. The Economist, "Collateral damage Trade finance stumbles into the digital era," 4 July 2020 In recent weeks, the company has taken a new approach to these receivables, including accessing more real-time data on customers that request revised terms, Mr. McGowan said. Mark Maurer, WSJ, "Akamai Keeps Close Eye on Receivables as Pandemic Tests Its Customers," 18 June 2020 All receivables from the central government and state entities will be cleared in 45 days. Prathamesh Mulye, Quartz India, "Who benefits, and by how much, from India’s $266 billion economic stimulus," 14 May 2020 The company has signed up a couple of additional credit card acquirers (companies that process card transactions) to free up more cash next winter, and the receivables balance declines naturally as the busy summer season commences. Chris Bryant | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "Norwegian Air Hopes You Won’t Pay by Credit Card," 25 Apr. 2019 In the early part of 2017, such products, in the form of investment receivables, increased between 10% and 40% at smaller banks. Washington Post, "For China, Kicking a $9 Trillion Habit Is Tough Work," 26 June 2019 Cost-cutting and outsourcing helped, as did a sale of Talbots’ credit-card receivables. Jon Chesto,, "Changes could be coming to Staples as new CEO arrives," 22 Mar. 2018 Sycamore immediately sold $145 million of the retailer’s credit-card receivables. Miriam Gottfried, WSJ, "How One Investor Made a Fortune Picking Over the Retail Apocalypse," 21 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of receivables

1863, in the meaning defined above

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“Receivables.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of receivables

business : the amounts of money that other people and businesses owe you

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