[bak-wer-dey-shuh n]
  1. (on the London stock exchange) the fee paid by a seller of securities to the buyer for the privilege of deferring delivery of purchased securities.

Origin of backwardation

First recorded in 1840–50; backward + -ation Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for backwardation


noun commerce
  1. the difference between the spot price for a commodity, including rent and interest, and the forward price
  2. (formerly, on the Stock Exchange) postponement of delivery by a seller of securities until the next settlement period
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