doubtful debt
See *bad debt.

Auditor's dictionary. 2014.

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  • doubtful — UK US /ˈdaʊtfəl/ adjective ACCOUNTING ► used to describe debts or accounts that are unlikely to be paid: »The Company has established an allowance for doubtful accounts based on the credit risk of specific customers and historical trends. → See… …   Financial and business terms

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  • Bad debt — A bad debt is an amount that is written off by the business as a loss to the business and classified as an expense because the debt owed to the business is unable to be collected, and all reasonable efforts have been exhausted to collect the… …   Wikipedia

  • bad debt — An *accounts receivable balance whose collection is doubtful. Under most systems of *Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, an *allowance for bad debts is raised to acknowledge the reduced likelihood of recoverability of a customer balance.… …   Auditor's dictionary

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