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arrearage

[ uh-reer-ij ]
/ əˈrɪər ɪdʒ /
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noun

the state or condition of being in arrears.
Often arrearages. arrears; amount or amounts overdue.
Archaic. a thing or part kept in reserve.

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Origin of arrearage

First recorded in 1275–1325; Middle English arerage, from Old French; see origin at arrears, -age

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