stop payment


: a depositor's order to a bank to refuse to honor a specified check drawn by him or her

Examples of stop payment in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That is because under Pennsylvania law the drawer of a check can stop payment on it. Peter J Reilly, Forbes, 17 July 2023 Federal agencies also could resist attempts to slow or stop payments, citing a 1974 law that bars the executive branch from substituting its own spending priorities for decisions by Congress. Jeff Stein, Rachel Siegel and Tony Romm, Anchorage Daily News, 24 May 2023 Meanwhile, one of the film’s producers is being told to stop payment to a key participant who’s involved in a fraud case. Rick Porter, The Hollywood Reporter, 29 Aug. 2022 Gascón, Moore and Harris pointed to a 2015 decision by the three credit card companies to stop payment processing for Los Angeles Times, 8 Feb. 2022 After realizing this was probably a scam, the resident was able to stop payment on the check. cleveland, 19 Nov. 2021 Finally, and perhaps most importantly, here’s what Apple did to stop payment and credit card fraud: Financial information and transactions are some of the most sensitive data that users share online. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 11 May 2021 The banks were able to stop payment on some of the checks but ultimately lost $57,650, prosecutors said. oregonlive, 3 May 2021 Of everything that’s undermining this season, from a defense that couldn’t stop payment on a check to not-so-special teams to coaches failing players and players calling out coaches, the news from the front is worse. Kevin Sherrington, Dallas News, 22 Oct. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1919, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of stop payment was circa 1919

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“Stop payment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

Legal Definition

stop payment

: a depositor's order to a bank to refuse to honor a specified check drawn by him or her
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