from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A partial payment made at the time of purchase, with the balance to be paid later.

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  • n. A payment representing a fraction of the price of something being purchased, made to secure the right to continue making payments towards that purchase.
  • n. By extension, any initial commitment signifying an intention to carry out a larger future commitment, even though no legal rights or obligations are secured.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a partial payment made at the time of purchase; the balance to be paid later


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  • “The five-hundred-dollar down payment has been added to the full cost of the braces and divided into thirty-five-dollar-a-month payments,” she said, running the pencil along the sheet.

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  • First the down payment on two quai loh dancing dresses for Third Granddaughter in return for half her earnings in the first year.

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  • Their so-called agency problem as well as that of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac is just economic jargon for bad incentives to provide investors with a little packaged truth about real economic riskrisk that was historically recognized in the sizable down payment requirements.

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  • "If I go through with the Struan deal he'll be using my cash down payment to get off the Toda and Orlin hooks — if his bank doesn't extend his credit."

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  • And Sweringen reportedly often demanded a down payment of 40-60% of the price of the aircraft.

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  • For you, the low down payment and the no-monthly-payment balloon provide you with access to a well-located investment property for a small initial investment and no negative cash flow for at least five years.

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  • "Of course, and Bruce and I really do understand that the Par-Con down payment will give you the financing to complete your ship transactions and make a partial Orlin payment."

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  • It's called the Welcome Home Package, and it offers veterans the exact same health care they received during their time in the service, double the education benefit they receive now, and a $5,000 down payment on a home.

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  • People who once would have rented little houses in their hometowns, now that rented houses were nearly extinct, bought houses in Meyersville for a $500 down payment and a 4½ percent VA mortgage.

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