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 Similarly, there are warning signs of a withering business, such as uncollected accounts receivables, expenses that are higher than planned, cash flow trouble and too many returns for bad products. Dave Sackett, Forbes, 20 Sep. 2021 To support this objective, the accounting department, for instance, makes sure suppliers are paid timely, workers are paid as agreed, receivables are collected and forecasting reports are provided for planning. Anne Lackey, Forbes, 23 June 2021 The latest results exclude a negative impact stemming from GE’s decision to reduce its sales of receivables to a partner to raise short-term funds, a practice known as factoring., 28 July 2021 Ideally, this should result in a proprietary view on how exposed the underlying collateral (such as bank loans and receivables or the sponsor) is to material ESG risks. Martin Jarzebowski, Forbes, 21 June 2021 The agency has faced consistent cash flow problems since at least 2015 due to its mushrooming wildfire costs and inability to quickly invoice and collect hundreds of millions of dollars in receivables, mostly from federal agencies. oregonlive, 20 May 2021 Businesses typically only sold their receivables when denied financing elsewhere. Loren Shifrin, Forbes, 18 May 2021 At the hearing, Mr. Greensill denied fraud and defended the use of future receivables. Alistair Macdonald, WSJ, 14 May 2021 Bank accounts, retirement accounts, vehicles, jewelry, art, antiques, life insurance, businesses, stocks, credit cards accounts, loans, accounts receivables, tax debt, student loan debt and the like all must be listed. Dallas News, 13 May 2021

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First Known Use of receivables

1863, in the meaning defined above

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“Receivables.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of receivables

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


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