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Meaning of write-off

write-off

Pronunciation: (rīt'ôf", -of"), [key]
— n.
  1. a cancellation from the accounts as a loss.
  2. an uncollectable account.
  3. a reduction in book value; depreciation.
  4. a person or thing that is given up as hopeless or pointless: Joe's college career is a write-off.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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