What does arrear mean?

arrear meaning in General Dictionary

whatever is behind in repayment or which stays unpaid though because of esp a remainder or balance which continues to be because of whenever some component has-been paid arrearage popular in the plural as arrears of lease earnings or fees

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  • To or perhaps in a corner behind backwards
  • To or perhaps in a corner; behind; backwards.
  • That which is behind in payment, or which remains unpaid, though because of; esp. a remainder, or stability which continues to be because of when some component has-been compensated; arrearage; -- widely used in the plural, since, arrears of rent, wages, or taxes.

arrear meaning in Etymology Dictionary

c.1300, "at a disadvantage;" mid-14c., "in times previous;" belated 14c., "in or even a corner;" see arrears. Meaning "behind in obligations or payments" is from 1620s.


arrear meaning in General Dictionary

(adv.) To or in the trunk; behind; backwards.

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  • (letter.) Whatever is behind in repayment, or which remains delinquent, though because of; esp. a remainder, or balance which remains because of when some part was compensated; arrearage; -- widely used in the plural, since, arrears of rent, wages, or taxes.

Sentence Examples with the word arrear

The method of recovering rent charge under the Commutation Acts was distraint where the rent charge is in arrear for twentyone days after the half-yearly days of payment, and entry and possession with power of letting if it is in arrear for forty days, and arrears for two years are so recoverable: this power of distress and entry extends to all lands occupied by the occupier of the land whose tithe is in arrear as owner or under the same landlord; but no action lies against the owner or occupier of the land personally.

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