un·​col·​lect·​ible ˌən-kə-ˈlek-tə-bəl How to pronounce uncollectible (audio)
: not capable of or suitable for being collected : not collectible
uncollectible loans/debt
Once deemed uncollectible because it can be easily reproduced, the photograph is now as common to the auction halls as a still life.Douglas Davis

Examples of uncollectible in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But was the award so large as to be uncollectible? Joey Jackson, CNN, 15 Oct. 2022 The lender deems the loan uncollectible and charges off the loan. Elizabeth Rivelli, Car and Driver, 15 Nov. 2022 Those accounts were found to be uncollectible in March 2021, according to two administrative orders, requiring them to be sent to the collection unit in the Maryland budget office. Cassidy Jensen, Baltimore Sun, 21 Oct. 2022 Therefore, $10,000 is totally uncollectible and therefore worthless. Shehan Chandrasekera, Forbes, 1 July 2022 Furthermore, the share of credit card accounts being charged off — when a bank writes off a seriously delinquent debt as uncollectible — has fallen below 2% for the first time since at least 1985, according to data from the St. Louis Fed. Bill Hardekopf, Forbes, 5 May 2022 Charge-offs—loans rates as uncollectible—totaled $1.2 billion in Q4 of 2019, and $1.1 billion in Q1 of this year, when the pandemic was just starting to bite. Shawn Tully, Fortune, 15 Jan. 2021 Moreover, much of this debt is essentially uncollectible: It’s owed by people that likely will never be able to repay much of it. Alexis Goldstein, The New Republic, 21 Sep. 2020 The agreement will bring the school district $100,000 per year for 30 years, or $3 million, plus a $380,000 settlement on $2.5 million in delinquent taxes now deemed uncollectible. cleveland, 28 May 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1796, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of uncollectible was in 1796

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“Uncollectible.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uncollectible. Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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