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arrearage

[uh-reer-ij] /əˈrɪər ɪdʒ/
noun
1.
the state or condition of being in arrears.
2.
Often, arrearages. arrears; amount or amounts overdue.
3.
Archaic. a thing or part kept in reserve.
Origin
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English arerage < Old French. See arrear, -age
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  • The arrearage calculation request form will be reviewed and an audit prepared in the order it is received.
  • Defendant's tax refund check, if any, shall be applied to support arrearage.
  • Ask the beneficiary how he/she prefers to pay the premium arrearage if the enrollment application is not processed timely.
  • The memorandum opinion also addressed a portion of the arrearage.
Word Origin and History for arrearage
n.

"unpaid debt," early 14c., from Old French arierage "detriment, prejudice (in a legal sense)" (Modern French arrérage), from arere "behind;" see arrears.

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