What does bad debt mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bad debt(noun)

    a debt that is unlikely to be repaid


  1. bad debt(Noun)

    A debt which cannot be recovered from the debtor, either because the debtor doesn't have the money to pay or because the debtor cannot be found and/or forced to pay.


  1. Bad debt

    A bad debt is an amount owed to a business or individual that is written off by the creditor as a loss because the debt cannot be collected and all reasonable efforts to collect it have been exhausted. This usually occurs when the debtor has declared bankruptcy or the cost of pursuing further action in an attempt to collect the debt exceeds the debt itself. The debt is immediately written off by crediting the debtor's account, eliminating any balance remaining there. The crediting represents a loss to the creditor.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of bad debt in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of bad debt in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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  1. Michael Eisenberg:

    You want to have your documentation in order so that when you write this back as a 'bad debt,' you have a paper trail.

  2. Tracy Tian:

    It makes sense for banks to lend to stronger borrowers to protect themselves from bad debt, as net interest margins will narrow.

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