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bad debt

noun [C or U]    
FINANCE a debt that is not likely to be paid : They claimed that banks should be made to declare any bad debts they possessed . I had tens of thousands in bad debt . Over the past few quarters , hospitals have had to write off £10 million of bad debts . bad debt charges
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