Adjective "arrears" definition and examples

(Arrears may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)



Definitions and examples

plural noun

Money that is owed and should have been paid earlier.
  1. 'mortgage arrears'
  2. 'Her arrears dated back several years and had built up because she had struggled financially as a single mother.'
  3. 'Reducing arrears means more money for services and housing improvements.'
  4. 'Two weeks ago the Keighley News revealed that she had stood for election even though she was in council tax arrears.'
  5. 'The level of rent arrears does not, and cannot, affect the level of residents' council tax.'
  6. 'The company owes six million leva in VAT and a further six million leva in other tax arrears.'
  7. 'She had been planning to sell the perfume and use the cash to pay off her rent arrears.'
  8. 'Every two weeks, the council reassesses the balance-sheets on outstanding rent arrears.'
  9. 'She agreed that all the money was now gone but said most of it had gone towards repayment of debts and arrears.'
  10. 'The report says a record number of people are getting into debt and that the most common debt in Scotland is council tax arrears.'
  11. 'Camden council, where I live, never tires of bragging of how it evicts people with rent arrears.'

More definitions

1. the state of being behind or late, especially in the fulfillment of a duty, promise, obligation, or the like: Many homeowners have fallen into arrears.

2. Sometimes, arrear. something overdue in payment; a debt that remains unpaid: Those countries that have paid their arrears may be granted additional loans. Idioms

3. in arrears, behind or late, especially in payment: She was three months in arrears on her mortgage and credit card payments. Also, Chiefly Law, in arrear.

More examples(as adjective)

"payments can be arrears."

"issues can be arrears."

"problems can be arrears."

"financings can be arrears."

"arrangements can be arrears."

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Middle English (first used in the phrase in arrear): from arrear (adverb) ‘behind, overdue’, from Old French arere, from medieval Latin adretro, from ad- ‘towards’ + retro ‘backwards’.


in arrears