- a plastic card that resembles a credit card but functions like a check and through which payments for purchases or services are made electronically to the bank accounts of participating retailing establishments directly from those of card holders.
Origin of debit card
First recorded in 1975–80
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Examples from the Web for debit card
He gave members of the militia his credit- and debit-card numbers so they could continue stockpiling, this time illegally.Inside the Georgia Militia Murders
September 20, 2013
Bank of America books $3 billion a year in profit just from its debit-card business, she claims.Boycott Your Bank!
November 4, 2011
- an embossed plastic card issued by a bank or building society to enable its customers to pay for goods or services by inserting it into a computer-controlled device at the place of sale, which is connected through the telephone network to the bank or building society. It may also function as a cash card, a cheque card, or both
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