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Credit Card Glossary: Terms and Definitions

Confused by credit card terms? CreditCards.com's glossary of credit card definitions will help. From account holder to Regulation Z, we have defined the most-common and most-confusing credit card terms.


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Credit inquiry
A credit inquiry is created when a lender pulls someone's credit record. It creates a record in a credit report of each time the borrower, a lender or a potential lender obtains a copy of the consumer's credit report. Credit inquiries, especially multiple inquries, may negatively impact credit scores. See hard inquiry and soft inquiry.