V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: the state of being behind with debt or obligation

Synonyms: obligation, debit, deficit, liability, overdue [debt], behind [in payment]

Antonyms: credit, refund, compensation

Tips: Arrears is a description of the state of an account or money owed. Think, rear is behind; arrears is behind in payment.

Usage Examples:

Tax payments in arrears are dealt with severely and without delay. (overdue)

Iím in arrears on my rent payment, and Iím afraid that my landlord will evict me if I donít pay him this week. (deficit, overdue debt)

Our accounts have been in arrears for months now; weíve got to make good on our financial commitments or the bank will shut us down. (deficit, obligation)

My credit card payments are in arrears, and the interest I owe is growing each day. (behind, overdue)

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