An unpaid, overdue debt or an unfulfilled obligation.(noun-plural)
The state of being behind in fulfilling obligations: an account in arrears. (noun-plural)
American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
Use "arrears" in a sentence
"Of the 1.8 million people with such loans, 400,000 are behind on their payments - with 100,000 in arrears by three months or more."
"Peter Cargill claimed that the number of indebted countries in arrears regarding payments to the World Bank and/or that were seeking to renegotiate their multilateral debt had risen from three to eighteen between 1974 and 1978!"
"Pathetic, think that maybe Ensign was in arrears on paying for his Cadillac health plan there?"