- a cancellation from the accounts as a loss.
- an uncollectable account.
- a reduction in book value; depreciation.
- Informal. a person or thing that is given up as hopeless or pointless: Joe's college career is a write-off.
Origin of write-off
First recorded in 1745–55; noun use of verb phrase write off
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Examples from the Web for write-off
The Patriot-News admitted this week that it was wrong to write-off the Gettysburg Address 150 years ago.10 Overdue Historical Retractions
November 15, 2013
“The write-off rate of the U.S. lending portfolio (principal only) was 2.0 percent for the quarter,” the company reported.American Express Charges Backward, Laying Off 5,400
January 11, 2013