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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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Installment loan
An installment loan is a loan in which equal, periodic payments are made for a defined period of time. A typical car loan is an example of an installment loan: You pay the same amount each month, with part going toward interest and part going toward principal, until the loan is paid off.